Sick Like That

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PI Marty Stiles was shot and paralyzed and is now in rehab, trying to decide whether to fight to recover. Meanwhile, his agency is being run by two women: the street-smart and savvy Alessandra Martillo, who’s the muscle, and Sarah Waters, a naïve, single mom, new to the job but who quickly becomes the brains. Though the two women grew up only a few miles from each other in Brooklyn, it might as well have been worlds apart. Now they’re partners, and for all their differences, are committed to their joint venture. When Sarah’s deadbeat ex-husband gets into trouble, Al would rather let him suffer, but she agrees to help Sarah figure out where he is and why another man has ended up dead.

This follow-up to The Last Gig features a tough and edgy, one-of-a-kind heroine—an entirely fresh take on the hardboiled women private investigators who dominate so many crime fiction classics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Norman Green is the author of five crime novels, most recently The Last Gig. Born in Massachusetts, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.

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Green made his name with dark stand-alones, often starring cons and grifters (Dead Cat Bounce, 2006), but lately he’s turned to a series featuring no-nonsense Puerto Rican PI Alessandra “Al” Martillo. This follow-up to The Last Gig (2009) finds Al and receptionist Sarah Waters running the Manhattan agency while their cantankerous boss, Marty Stiles, recovers from a gunshot wound. As Waters—like Al, a Brooklyn gal—shows she’s capable of far more than answering phones by taking the lead in a missing-person investigation, Al tries to find Sarah’s deadbeat ex-husband, who has disappeared after becoming a “person of interest” in the murder of a suspected terrorist. As in the previous novel, it’s Al’s no-holds-barred combination of toughness, savvy, and hidden vulnerability that drives the series; like Carol O’Connell’s Kathy Mallory, Al lived on the streets for a period and uses the psychic bruises she absorbed there to propel her forward. Green gives her a terrific cohort in Sarah, street-smart, too, but from different streets, and equally ready to strut her stuff. This is definitely a series on the move. --Bill Ott

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