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In this Edgar Award-winning debut novel, a dedicated cop becomes the ultimate prey when a serial killer gets out on bailIt begins when New York Police Department Detective Second-Grade Christie Opara arrests a man on the subway for indecent exposure. Within hours, Murray Rogoff, a burly giant, his crazed stare concealed behind thick glasses, is out on bail. Soon after, the body of a young dancer is found stashed behind the stairway of a Bronx apartment building. The girl was brutally raped and strangled, and a clue links her with two previous murders. The killer takes a signature trophy: a hacked-off lock of the victim's hair. A few days later, Christie starts to get strange, late-night phone calls. Although Rogoff never spoke when he was in lock-up, the detective's instincts tell her that Rogoff's the serial killer they're hunting. With the reluctant approval of her boss, Assistant District Attorney Casey Reardon, Christie prepares to become the bait of a deadly psychopath.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy Uhnak including rare images from the author's estate.
To avenge his child, a New York cop vows to tear his own family apartOn the twentieth floor of a half-finished skyscraper, two brothers-in-law stare each other down. One is Vincent Ventura, a made man who fancies himself a real estate mogul. The other is Danny O'Hara, an honest foreman who's just seen Ventura's thugs throw one of his employees to his death. O'Hara doesn't think Ventura will harm his own kin. He's wrong. Ventura barely hesitates before pushing his brother-in-law over the edge.Thirty years later, Nick O'Hara--Danny's son--is a cop, and Ventura is king of the New York mob. Though he avoids his uncle's business, Nick makes the mistake of allowing his twelve-year-old son to pay his respects at the old man's birthday party. A gun battle erupts in Little Italy, and young Peter is caught in the crossfire. As his life collapses around him, Nick risks everything for vengeance--taking on the Italian mob in the name of his son, and the father whom he never knew.
After surviving an unspeakable crime, a victim identifies a shocking attackerLynne Jacobi gets the call a few hours before dawn. Model-turned-television celebrity Sanderalee Dawson lies on the kitchen floor of her sumptuous Manhattan apartment, hanging on to life by a tenuous thread. The victim of a savage assault, she stuns everyone when she survives and identifies her attacker. So begins a case that leads law enforcement down a twisting path of secrets, lies, and false leads. Lynne, bureau chief of the district attorney's office, is fueled by ambition and her vow to bring a brutal killer to justice. But Chief Investigator Bobby Jones isn't sure they have the right man, and he hesitates to put his legal career--and his affair with Lynne--at risk. The victim herself, as the only witness to her rape, must go up against a monster who just might get away with it. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy Uhnak including rare images from the author's estate.
Is she a loving, devoted mother or a cold-blooded killer? In a peaceful, residential section of Queens, Kitty Keeler's young sons have gone missing. Both she and her husband say they have no idea where the children are. Then New York Police Department cop Joe Peters gets the call he's been dreading. The bodies of two blond, blue-eyed boys have been found. The youngest was strangled to death. The other was shot in the back of the head. The case ignites a media frenzy. As Joe launches an investigation, he becomes dangerously drawn to the exquisite Kitty. With the evidence against her mounting and the world calling her a heartless killer, Joe vows to uncover the truth, no matter what the cost. But as violence begets violence, and his obsession with Kitty grows, Joe knows he'll never rest until he finds the answer to the burning question: Did Kitty Keeler murder her own children? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy Uhnak including rare images from the author's estate.
A tough Irish cop. A prostitute. A massive cover-up that stretches to the highest levels of law enforcement . . . and its fatal impact on three generations of a New York police family. Harlem, just before midnight. A New York Police Department cop and his partner pull up in front of a tenement. A short while later, Sergeant Brian O'Malley is dead from a stab wound to the jugular, and a prostitute has fallen down an airshaft to oblivion. A few years after his father is given a hero's funeral, Brian Thomas O'Malley Jr. graduates from the police academy. As he rises quickly through the ranks of the NYPD, O'Malley discovers that some secrets are better left buried. Through the ensuing decades, as he raises a family of his own, O'Malley must cope with the fallout of a cover-up, until a fresh crime brings the plot full circle. Will the son have to pay for the sins of the father? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy Uhnak including rare images from the author's estate.
Every crime has its price, but for one woman, the cost may be too high Elena Vargas is a material witness to a homicide, the shooting of a foot soldier in an international mob cartel. But the sultry call girl and sometime-mistress of gang lord Enzo Giardino claims to have seen and heard nothing. Desperate to make a case against Giardino, the district attorney offers Vargas protective custody in exchange for betraying her lover. But no one can make her talk. The case blows sky high when a ledger is discovered, naming names and detailing the operations of a criminal enterprise that stretches to the highest levels of government. Going on nothing but gut instinct, New York Police Department cop Christie Opara uncovers something in Vargas's past that could give them the leverage they need. It's a secret that will reverberate in both women's lives as Christie edges closer to the truth about a mother and child . . . and an answer that has been there all along. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy Uhnak including rare images from the author's estate.
Dorothy Uhnak's no-holds-barred memoir about her life as one of New York's finestThe "original policewoman," Dorothy Uhnak was the first to write a procedural novel with a female cop as the protagonist. But before she turned her talents to fiction, Uhnak was a detective with the New York Transit Police. Policewoman chronicles her fourteen years on the force, where she was decorated twice for bravery. This insider's view of law enforcement takes you behind the scenes into a city that was a no-man's land of corruption, drugs, and violence. Uhnak recounts the hurdles facing a female cop during New York's tumultuous 1950s and '60s, and the difficult adjustment to a new way of life once she gets her badge. She takes readers from firearms training to homicide scenes to interrogation rooms where detectives extract confessions. As gritty and relentless as Uhnak's novels, Policewoman is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last, spellbinding page is turned. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy Uhnak including rare images from the author's estate.
On a snowy night in 1935, a decades-old secret begins with a killingWalter Stachiew has powerful arms, matinee-idol looks, and an easy charm that he uses to distract his neighbors in the Bronx from his bad habits, which include a love of liquor and a fondness for teenage boys. When he is found one night, beaten to death with a shovel, the natural suspect is his drinking buddy, Stanley Paycek, who is tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair. He is just a few minutes from death when his son Willie whispers the truth about who killed Walter Stachiew.Willie is a hateful boy, rat-faced and ostracized, but he and a few of his schoolmates know more about Stachiew's death than they will ever tell. As they grow into men, finding success all over the globe, the secret of that night binds them together forever. As the hate festers in Willie's heart, it threatens to one day destroy them all.
Dorothy Uhnak's terrifying new novel begins with a savage, inexplicable crime: a young woman is murdered on a quiet, residential, respectable Queens, New York, street while her neighbors hear her screams and do nothing to help her... When Miranda Torres, a young New York City detective second grade, arrives on the crime scene, it looks to her at first like just another senseless piece of urban violence, the kind of tragedy that happens several times a day in New York, but rarely in a white, middle-class neighborhood. Soon, however, she becomes aware that there is another dimension to this crime--a dimension that attracts the attention of Mike Stein, a prize-winning celebrity journalist, a dimension which quickly makes Anna Grace's murder headline news--and that is the silence of those who witnessed the crime and turned away... Was Anna Grace a victim of big-city indifference, just another statistic of urban violence--or was there something even more sinister at stake? Miranda, whose sense of justice--and self-respect--will not let her accept the easy way out, or live with a departmental cover-up, pursues her case into the shadowy, dangerous world where politics, the power of the media, and greed meet--a world in which she too almost becomes a victim... In Miranda Torres, Dorothy Uhnak has created her most fascinating heroine--a woman of strength, sensitivity, passion and an unshakable sense of right and wrong, willing to sacrifice everything--her career, the man she loves, even her life--for the truth.
She's the only one who saw what really happened, but this cop doesn't plan to play by the rules . . .Detective First-Grade Christie Opara, the newest addition to the district attorney's Special Investigation Squad, has just gotten her first assignment: to tail her boss's daughter. As soon as she sees the police barricades and seething civil rights demonstrators, Christie knows a riot is about to explode. As things spiral out of control, a solid mass of blue uniforms bears down on the mob. Minutes later, a young black activist is dead, apparently killed by a cop. But Christie saw a different shooter. With the public demanding blood and law enforcement scrambling to contain the fallout, Christie must go mano a mano against a cunning killer. But another meticulously planned crime is about to go down, one that will send the city--and the NYPD--reeling. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy Uhnak including rare images from the author's estate.
First-grade detective Christie Opara has been assigned to the D.A.'s Special Investigations Squad. A policeman's widow and mother of a six-year-old, now she is told at the last minute to cancel her vacation and tail the daughter of a Supervising Assistant District Attorney of New York County...