Denis Hamill Sins of Two Fathers: A Novel

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Sins of Two Fathers: A Novel

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You will now feel the pain I have felt for the past ten years, Hank Tobin. You are going to know what it is like to have your son suffer for the sins of his father, which is the worst pain any man will ever know.
Hank Tobin had it all: a popular column in a New York newspaper, a Pulitzer prize, and wealth that enabled him to live his boyhood dreams. But his world is shattered when his son -- himself an aspiring journalist -- follows an anonymous tip to a can't-miss front-page story: the firebombing of a Brooklyn mosque. Hank's son is accused of the crime, arrested, and thrown into prison. Hank soon discovers that his son was framed by a man who has been waiting a decade to have his revenge.
Sitting in a seedy New York bar ten years earlier, Hank overheard a janitor bragging that his son torched the home of a minority family to keep the neighborhood white. Hank's story of the event made the front page. The boy spent ten years in prison and the family was destroyed -- a minor event in the life of the columnist, a life-altering event for the janitor and his family.
Hank's life is in ruins. Divorced from his wife -- whom he desperately wants back -- and estranged by his daughter, Hank has lost his reputation, his career, and his family. To save his son from a long prison sentence, Hank must confront the vengeful man whose life he once carelessly destroyed.

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Denis Hamill is the author of ten novels, including two previous novels featuring Bobby Emmet--3 Quarters and Throwing 7's, as well as Fork in the Road, Long Time Gone, Sins of Two Fathers, and his Brooklyn Christmas fable, Empty Stockings. He currently writes a column for the New York Daily News, and he has been a columnist for New York magazine, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and the Boston Herald American.

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From the popular newspaper columnist and mystery author comes a novel about a popular newspaper columnist trying to solve a mystery. Hank Tobin, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Examiner, is having some problems. His wife has left him, accusing him of having an affair, which he denies (but do we believe him?). Somebody who calls himself LL is offering Tobin anonymous tips on hot stories (could LL be Hank's own son, a rival columnist?). And, when Hank digs into the fire-bombing of a Brooklyn mosque, he begins to suspect that the mysterious LL is behind it, and that it's all part of a twisted plot to get revenge on Hank (but for what offense?). Hamill tantalizes us from the get-go: the book opens with Hank working to free his son, who is facing 25 to life in prison for a crime Hank knows he didn't commit, and then skips back in time three days, when Hank is returning home from an assignment overseas. What could possibly happen in three days to put Hank's son, the up-and-coming newspaperman, behind bars? And what, if anything, does the mysterious LL have to do with it? This is a convoluted, thought-provoking novel that should appeal to readers keen on mysteries based on character and motivation, not on guns and chase scenes. It also offers a terrific, richly detailed portrait of contemporary journalism; Hamill shows us the newsroom environment and the daily life of a columnist with almost documentary realism. A real winner. David Pitt
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