Hoboken: an amorphous, violent city, transformed into a chic high-rent neighbourhood full of disposable incomes and high aspiration. Police detective Brian Vincenti is charged with investigating the case of a young woman’s self-destruction – or murder – after she falls from an eleventh floor window in one of the town’s up-and-coming districts. Equally as haunted by his past as he is tortured by his present, Vincenti’s journey takes us beyond the damp, stained streets of Hoboken’s nightlife, and into his own chaotic world: that of transsexual former colleague Ellen Smith, his turbulent family life, and unshakeable demons.
Subverting the conventional notion of the detective novel, and at all times original and unique, The Suicide invites comparisons to the psychological fiction of such classic crime writers as Georges Simenon, Patricia Highsmith and Ross MacDonald.
First reviews are coming in. Here’s one by Sam Millar in the New York Journal of Books.
The Suicide is a first-rate intelligent thriller, teeming with complex characters finely honed right down to the depths of their souls.
The cover art is by talented Russian artist Slava Nesterov, who also did the cover for my own book (should be in post below this).
Looking forward to reading SaFranko’s book. A piece of his was in the New York issue of The Stinging Fly in 2011/12.
Best of luck to Mark and the team at Honest Publishing.