FROM THE BOOK JACKET: When a murder desecrates the somber, book-lined halls of New York Citys iconic 42nd Street Library, Raymond Ambler, the librarys curator of crime fiction, has a personal interest in solving the crime. His quest to solve the murder is complicated by personal entanglements involving his friend—or perhaps more-than-friend—Adele Morgan. Not only does Adeles relationship with the young woman staffer who was murdered get in the way of Amblers investigation, more disturbing for him is Adeles growing interest in a darkly handsome Islamic scholar.
Soon the Intelligence Division of the New York Police Department takes over the case from NYPD homicide detective Mike Cosgrove, Amblers friend and sometimes partner-in-crime solving. Ambler suspects that the murder of the young woman, whod been working at the library under an assumed name and the curious intervention of NYPDs intelligence division are connected. The trail of intrigue leads to a seemingly unrelated murder in an upstate prison and a long ago murder of a trade union reformer.
No one else sees the connections Ambler is sure are there—not an unusual state of affairs for Ambler. But with the citys law enforcement establishment determined to stop his investigation, the inquisitive and intrepid librarian faces challenges that may put his very life at risk.AUTHOR INFO: Con Lehane is a mystery writer who lives outside Washington, DC. He is the author of the Bartender Brian McNulty Mysteries, including What Goes Around Comes Around, and The 42nd Street Library Mysteries, including Murder at the 42nd Street Library. Over the years, he has worked as a college professor, a union organizer, a labor journalist, and has tended bar at two dozen or so drinking establishments.
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