Red Hook

By Gabriel Cohen

It's no longer the lifeless body--Jack Leightner has obvious hundred of our bodies in his travel with the NYPD. it is not the dank setting--the slim banks alongside Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal. So why does the sight of the fatally stabbed younger guy make the detective nearly faint within the canal's tangled weeds?

Jack does not comprehend why he turns into passionate about this low-priority case, why he permits it to jeopardize his occupation or even his existence. particularly because the research attracts him precisely the place he does not are looking to pass: into the center of pink Hook. The local is Leightner's undesirable dream, scene of his bothered formative years and a poor mystery.

The position additionally compels Jack's estranged son Ben, a tender documentary filmmaker thinking about its background. The Hook has been domestic to dockworkers and drug buyers, Al Capone and Joey Gallo, a massive public housing venture, and one of many nation's maximum ports. Ben desires to discover why the once-thriving waterfront neighborhood has develop into a gorgeous ruin--and why it has broken his circle of relatives. In Gabriel Cohen's gripping first novel, this unusual terrain is the place Jack Leightner needs to search his personal redemption--and even, probably, the salvation of pink Hook itself. greater than against the law tale, purple Hook is a deep and sympathetic exploration of the mysteries of human nature, the curse and benefits of relations, and one unforgettable position.

Red Hook is a 2002 Edgar Award Nominee for most sensible First Novel.

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With the little puppy? ” “That’s me. You have been Petey Leightner’s brother, correct? I used to observe him play ball. He woulda made the majors. ” The previous guy shook his head. “That was once this kind of bad thing…Hey, the place you going? ” Jack grew to become and driven his method out of the shop, ignoring the calls of the lady in the back of the counter. “Let’s go,” he stated, tight-lipped, settling into the seat beside his associate. “Where’s my espresso? ” Jack appeared down at his arms and stumbled on they have been empty. “They have been out. ” “What, are you kidding? A bodega that runs out of espresso! this can be a fucked-up local. ” 13 “HOW COME YOU’RE now not at paintings? ” Jack acknowledged. “The studio didn’t have a shoot scheduled for today,” his son answered. Jack picked up his menu. He labored on shootings; his son did shoots. Their waitress got here through. “Would you love a cup of espresso? ” “I’m good,” he acknowledged. He regarded throughout at his son. “You wish something? A soda, something? ” Ben shook his head glumly. The waitress pulled a dupe pad from her apron. “Are you gents able to order? ” “I imagine we want a minute,” Jack stated. He questioned if he shouldn’t have instructed a swankier position than this Greek espresso store. No—he hadn’t obvious the child for it slow, however it used to be higher to maintain issues gentle, no longer make a huge construction out of it. His son appeared skinny and faded; as traditional, he compromised his tall body by means of hunching his shoulders, protruding his neck, storklike. The boy used to be wearing denims and a pale plaid blouse that seemed too sizzling for the day. His curly hair used to be getting lengthy and he had a bit tuft of hair less than his backside lip. Jack flashed to the physique by way of the canal, blinked. The boy was once an exceptional 4 inches taller than his father, yet that used to be the US for you: the child eats higher than his previous guy. At Ben’s age, Jack had carried much more muscle, yet he’d earned it within the military and couldn’t want such an event on his son—being ordered round all day and bored to tears as a rule. (Of path, he wouldn’t were bored if he’d been stationed in Nam. ) the child continuously appeared shy. Jack was once tempted in charge his ex-wife for that—she was once the one that had performed many of the child-raising. in spite of this, he was once the one that had left his son with out a lot of a dad. Who knew? probably it used to be simply the boy’s character. even though Jack enjoyed his son, he needed to admit—guilty thought—that occasionally there has been anything unlikable in regards to the boy. He used to be so drawn into himself, so wrapped up in his personal air of disappointment… Ben had an important angry-looking pimple rising less than his mouth. He propped his chin on his fist, as though casually resting it there, however it was once transparent that he used to be attempting to cover the blemish. The human weak point of the gesture opened Jack’s center. After a minute, the waitress back. “You comprehend what you will have? ” “I imagine I’ll get the veggie burger,” Ben stated. Jack set his menu down. “Why don’t you get a true burger? ” “I don’t devour meat. ” “Since whilst? ” Ben scowled. Message introduced: you are going to comprehend if you’d taken extra of an curiosity in my lifestyles. The waitress regarded on patiently.

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