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The Last Good Day by [Blauner, Peter]
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Lynn Schulman brings her husband and children back to the peaceful New York suburb she escaped after high school to get away from the post 9/11 dangers of city life. But when the headless body of her oldest friend turns up in the river and the cop who investigates turns out to be an old boyfriend still seething at her betrayal of their adolescent romance, her safe haven turns out to be as sinister and threatening as the mean streets she left behind. Mike Fallon hasn't forgotten her--as his own life spirals down into personal failure and professional ruin, he focuses his attention on recapturing the girl who got away and the dreams that went with her. Blauner is a skillful writer who manages with a few quick brushstrokes to capture both the placidly calm exterior of a small suburban town and the dark secrets that seethe beneath it. Good plotting, nicely drawn characters, and a deft hand with the narrative drive this solid thriller to the last page.--Jane Adams

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You know you're in the 'burbs when a cop's epitaph for a murdered local drug dealer is, "Man, he was an asshole, but he had a beautiful lawn." In his fifth novel, Edgar-winner Blauner (The Intruder, etc.) imagines an idyllic suburb up the Hudson River from Manhattan, full of karate moms and commuter dads; in the shadow of September 11, he peels away the affluent veneer and exposes the roiling class tensions and frustrated ambitions beneath. The decapitated corpse of a local housewife is spotted floating in the water by commuters waiting for the inbound 7:46, including Barry Schulman, counsel for a start-up pharmaceutical company now teetering on the brink. Barry's wife, Lynn, a mother who's had to relegate her passion for photography to a hobby for the kids' sake, was the victim's best friend. To her horror, the investigating officer, Michael Fallon, has had his long-dormant passion for Lynn awakened by the case. Fallon, a struggling blue-collar nth-generation Irish-American cop, has dark secrets to hide concerning his prior involvements with both Lynn and the victim, which in turn necessitates his withholding information from his "former best friend" (now the town's first black police chief) Harold Baltimore so as to keep his prying rival, "a pugnacious Puerto Rican" named Paco Ortiz, from making Fallon the prime suspect. Harold, Lynn, Michael and the victim all went to school together, and the uneasy tensions arising from their uneven rises to various stations in life fuels a dangerously explosive tinderbox of resentment. Readers who can follow Blauner's intricate plot will be well rewarded, but only at the very end-no giveaways here.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6310 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (March 29 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S8ESJO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #487,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was one of the worst books I ever read! The ONLY interesting part was when the guy explained how the book got it's name. The police chief gets shot and the other cops just stand around and let the main character and her husband get the bad guy??? And this stupid woman honestly thinks that if she brings charges against this cop and goes to court to testify against him that her shady past won't be brought up!?! Does she not own a tv set - and how could she possibly move back to town and think he wouldn't still be very angry with her? I was cheering for him when he went after her!!! And, what's with these stupid people accidentally commiting murder then doing something even 'stupider' to cover it up - - Oops, I just killed this person so I'll TAKE HER HOME and dismember her and throw her in the river and use this old can of half-used varnish to weigh her down, and the cops'll never know I did it - that is if some old, old picture of me with a can of varnish in the background doesn't show up!' What a crock! It would take a book to tell just how bad this book was (get it?)
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Three of Blauner's earlier works--Slow Motion Riot, The Intruder and Man Of The Hour-- were excellent books. Both of which read like thrillers but are really great, adrenaline-pumping fiction. Consistent with these past successes, Blauner's latest, The Last Good Day, is another must-read and may be his best yet. As a matter of fact, referring to this book as a very good -- even an excellent -- thriller does it an injustice. Its strong, well-developed, credible characters, its smart dialogue, its ability to capture the mood and fear in an affluent suburban community shortly following 9/11 and a local murder makes The Last Good Day a book you don't want to put down -- but, at the same time, don't want to see come to an end. Beyond its exciting plot, Blauner has created a work of fiction that places it near the top of a very limited group of books in regards to rich prose and style. Do yourself a favor and put The Last Good Day at the top of your Must Read list. While you're at it, do yourself another favor and pick up copies of Slow Motion Riot, The Intruder and Man Of The Hour as well.
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Riverside, New York Police Chief Harold Baltimore knows that the headless floater is not a poor person. He bases his conclusion on the liposuction scars found on the corpse. Harold soon learns that online sports-memorabilia salesman Jeffrey Lanier has filed a missing person's report. When he returned home from a business trip his wife Sandi was nowhere to be seen. Harold concludes that the headless floater is Sandi.
Photographer Lynn Stockdale Schulman is devastated by the violent death of her best friend. Even more moribund to the grieving woman is that Detective Lieutenant Michael Fallon is using the tragedy to hit on her, as he wants to renew their high-school romance. When Michael begins crossing the line her husband tells her to file a sexual harassment charge against the cop. Sandi's murder goes to a back burner as the dysfunctional triangle heats up.
A social veneer related to sexual harassment, immigration and 9-11 is placed over the police procedural, but this is a two edged sword. On the one hand it provides depth and insight into a small town coping with a nasty world, but on the other it trivializes the homicide investigation. The cast is intriguing though at times they act more like soap opera performers as everyone has a dark secret to hide. Still THE LAST GOOD DAY entertains the audience, but aimed more at those fans that prefer reading about the sins of village life on a greater footing than the murder mystery.
Harriet Klausner
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There is no doubt that the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers cast a pall on the collective American conscience. The length and breadth of this is very evident in American fiction, particularly suspense fiction. In SMALL TOWN Lawrence Block made the attacks a catalyst for the events that took place in the novel. In THE LAST GOOD DAY Peter Blauner uses the attacks more indirectly --- as a backdrop, as a hint that all is not well --- but ultimately just as effectively as Block. The result is a novel that is a compelling page-turner.
THE LAST GOOD DAY is set in Riverside, New York, a bedroom community of New York City that has been undergoing a gradual gentrification and is now quietly reeling from the double body blows of the economic effects of dot-com recession and, two weeks before the events of THE LAST GOOD DAY, the terrorist attacks. Lynn and Barry Schulman have been hop-scotching back and forth across the country and have returned to Riverside, Lynn's hometown, with Barry employed as corporate counsel for a fledgling pharmaceutical company and Lynn pursing her career as a photographer. They experience all the common worries of a professional couple. Barry's company is experiencing a series of potentially damaging setbacks, while Lynn feels the tug between motherhood and her career. Their 17-year-old daughter, Hannah, is embracing the Goth lifestyle with a hey-dude boyfriend, while their 13-year-old son, Clay, seems to lack focus and direction for anything other than video games.
However, their lives are kicked into overdrive when a headless corpse surfaces upon the Hudson River in full view of a group of morning commuters --- a group that includes Barry. The body is that of one Sandi Lanier, Lynn's oldest friend.
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