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New Jersey Noir - Cape May

A Novel (The Jack Colt Murder Mystery Novels, Book Two)

William Baer


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After solving the assassination case of his beloved uncle, Colt finds himself truly alone, ditched by his girlfriend. However, there's not much respite or time for introspection for him: he's called on again to solve a new murder case, along with a suspiciously related cold case. What follows is another gripping tale in the backdrop of the Garden State's sights and scenes, including its picturesque beaches, casinos, and the rural Pine Barrens. In New Jersey Noir: Cape May-Book Two of his Jack Colt Murder Mystery Novels series-William Baer continues to enchant and spellbind.


In Jack Colt, William Baer gives us a private detective perfectly suited for the Garden State: gritty, charming in spite of himself, sidesplittingly hilarious and incomparably authentic. Baer proves himself the Sinatra of Noir, the Edison of Intrigue, the Springsteen of Suspense-and a rightful heir to Hammett and Chandler. Far more fun than a night out in Atlantic City or a weekend at the Jersey Shore.

- Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter's Last Day


"New Jersey Noir introduces an ultracool hometown detective from Paterson, set perfectly in his well-detailed locales. The writing is crisp, sarcastic, wryly funny, steeped in New Jersey lore and anecdotes that add great historical and cultural dimensions to its mystery."

- Robin Farrell Edmunds, Foreword Reviews (Five-star review)

"A brilliant debut novel . . . precise prose, perfect pacing, stunning imagery, complex characterization, grand historical and cultural contexts, and a superb sense of place."

- Hollis Seamon, author of Somebody Up There Hates You

"Not since Donna Tartt's The Secret History have I read a novel as mesmerizing, engrossing, and delectable as William Baer's New Jersey Noir. In prose as fast-moving as a bullet, Baer compels the reader to keep flipping pages more and more rapidly. The writing is taut and gut-wrenching."

- Terri Brown-Davidson, author of Marie, Marie, Hold On Tight

"Baer evokes a cinematic chiaroscuro New Jersey-specifically Paterson-its history and politics limned over a baseline of Springsteen, doo-wop, and Whitney Houston."

- Dennis Must, author of Hush Now, Don't Explain


William Baer, a recent Guggenheim fellow, is the author of twenty-two books including New Jersey Noir; Times Square and Other Stories; One-and-Twenty Tales; Companion; The Ballad Rode into Town; Formal Salutations: New & Selected Poems; Classic American Films; and The Unfortunates (recipient of the T.S. Eliot Award). A former Fulbright in Portugal, he's also received the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award and a Creative Writing Fellowship in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Able Muse Press, 9781773490335, 250pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2021