Death's Little Helpers
By Peter Spiegelman
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400033607, 352pp.)
Publication Date: June 13, 2006
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In this masterful follow-up to Peter Spiegelman’s stunning debut Black Maps, private investigator John March finds himself drawn into a web of corruption that extends from the halls of high finance to the dark underworld of organized crime.
Gregory Danes, a Wall Street analyst has gone missing, and his ex-wife, a fashionable painter, calls March to track him down. She just wants him to sign her alimony checks, but as March soon discovers, she’s not the only one looking for him. Danes was once an industry hot shot, but has lost his touch. His biggest gains lately, it seems, had been in enemies–including a few members of the Russian mob. When March receives a threat upon his own family, he realizes Danes had been involved in something far more dangerous than insider trading.
Peter Spiegelman is the author of Black Maps. He worked on Wall Street for twenty years developing software systems for international banking institutions and retired in 2001 to devote himself to writing. He lives in Connecticut.
"Mordant, action-packed [and] knowledge-filled. . . . Breaks new ground in detective fiction. . . . A bang-up novel." —The Washington Post"[An] elegantly written thriller. . . . A stylish take on the perennial private-eye tale." —The Wall Street Journal"[Black Maps] was a tough act to follow, and Spiegelman has done it with stunning skill. [He] has the heart, head and writing skills to make his setting explode with rare light and excitement." —Chicago Tribune"A fine story told well [that ends] with a satisfying bang. March is a man to watch." —Daily News