Where the dead lay : a novel / David Levien.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Former policeman Frank Behr is hired to help solve the disappearance of two private investigators, but his search leads him to a sinister connection between the detectives and a unique type of gambling operation being set up by elements of organized crime.
    • ISBN:
      9780385523677 : HRD
      038552367X : HRD
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Booklist Reviews 2009 June #1

The shotgun murder of Frank Behr's Brazilian jujitsu teacher, Aurelio Santos, hits Behr hard; so hard that when his significant other tells him she's pregnant, Behr seems simply put off by the news. He also brusquely rejects a lucrative assignment from a high-end investigative firm, until an Indianapolis PD captain imposes on him to accept. His assignment is to locate two of the firm's operatives who have disappeared. But leads to Aurelio's killers are nonexistent, and the high-end firm will tell him nothing about what their ops were investigating. Behr is left blundering around the edges of both investigations while in the midst of an existential crisis that only becomes clear more than halfway through the book. He also finds himself menaced by a Chicago hit man and a family of mad-dog locals determined to control Indy's "pea shake" gambling houses. Levien's first Behr novel (City of the Sun, 2007) was first-rate. With its murky, meandering plot, this one disappoints by comparison, but Behr fans will still enjoy the ride. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2009 May #4

Indianapolis PI Frank Behr juggles two cases in Levien's disjointed follow-up to City of the Sun. When Behr's Brazilian jujitsu instructor is shot to death execution-style at the Brazilian's martial arts studio, he decides to investigate unofficially. A real job soon comes Behr's way when a high-powered PI firm asks him to track down two of their missing investigators, who disappeared in the middle of a case involving derelict properties being used for illegal gambling dens. In taking a close look at the gaming dens, Behr comes face to face with a family of thugs who have launched a turf war to secure a monopoly on neighborhood crime. Despite the book's hefty body count, Levien is more interested in exploring the nature of violence, contrasting the controlled beauty of jujitsu with the unpredictable dangers of gunfights. While readers will admire Behr's determination to solve his friend's murder, some may feel that case distracts too much from his formal assignment. (July)

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