NYPD Detective Claire Codella is chomping at the bit for a new case. Lieutenant McGowan is determined to keep her out of the news, but she’s about to be back in the public eye in a big way.
Broadway legend Lucy Merchant has tragically succumbed to early onset Alzheimer’s. At age fifty-six, she’s tucked away in the dementia care unit of the ultra-exclusive Manhattan care facility Park Manor. When she falls asleep and doesn’t wake up, her billionaire husband is ready for the funeral, but her daughter demands an investigation.
Only three months back on the job after cancer treatment, Codella finds herself at the center of a high profile case nearly everyone–especially her lieutenant–wants to shut down. But the forensic evidence raises alarming questions and Codella needs answers. To find them, she will have to crack the defenses of slippery administrators, frightened caregivers, and unobliging family members, all while unlocking some of her own dark memories.
Forgotten City, Carrie Smith’s gripping follow-up to Silent City, pits the unrelenting detective against a cast of diverse New Yorkers driven by their desires and ambitions and haunted by their pasts. But can she piece together the truth before the murderer kills again?
Carrie Smith is the Senior Vice President, Publisher of Benchmark Education Company. Her writing awards include three Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan and a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives in Manhattan. This is her second Claire Codella mystery.
Praise for Silent City:
“Smith’s debut in the genre features snappy prose, a skillfully constructed plot, and a nicely detailed rendering of police work…Fans of procedurals should add Smith to their must-read lists.”
—Booklist starred review
“Well-crafted…an insightful glimpse into the emotions and consequences of being a cancer survivor.”
“Smith’s debut grabs you on the first page and makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of the action. The tension increases as the drama unfolds. It is well paced and will leave you anticipating her next book.”
—RT Book Reviews
“The story flows well, the mix of people is amazing, and greed and lust walk among them. Ms. Smith makes the story believable.”
—Long and Short Reviews
“This compelling debut kept me up all night. Crime fiction fans, take note: newcomer Carrie Smith belongs at the top of your to-be-read pile!”
—New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub
“Smith’s New York is a real place and her story’s a good one, but her true superpower is her ability to unravel the messy intricacies of peoples’ interior lives. In Smith’s work — as in life — there are no minor characters.
–SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author of Skin of the Wolf