DEAD CENTER by Ruby Horansky

DEAD CENTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Brooklyn shooting of Manhattan city council member Dean Zaporelli sends NYPD Detective Nikki Trakos on an investigation of the past in her first case since Dead Ahead (1990). ``Go down to the Lantern Light Theater,'' reads a note. ``Find out who Tony Zim was.'' Nikki discovers that Zaporelli's missing son, Matt, was connected with the deaths years earlier of a young Lantern Light hanger-on named Lisa Hirsch (overdose) and a man named Bernard Chase, who, it turns out, was shot with the same gun that later killed Zaporelli. Battling the higher-ups that want her off the case and her own fear of commitment to her old partner-cum-suitor Dave Lawton, Nikki, like Lew Archer, asks improbably unerring questions, knows exactly when to go back to a suspect who's been lying, and remembers everything she needs to in order to follow a sordid trail of blackmail, homicide, and coverups. But the rewards--a meaty investigation handled with insight and compassion--are Archeresque too. Nifty, out-of-the-past intrigue unpacked with authority and punch. Welcome to the pros, Nikki.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-684-19606-9
Page count: 216pp
Publisher: Scribner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1994