Londongrad Paperback – Sep 28 2010
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“Nadelson's steady pacing keeps the pages turning... the detective-story format overlays an ambitious novel that manages to trace the tentacles of an international underworld of increasingly palpable influence, while at the same time forcing us to confront uncomfortable moral questions of loyalty and honor.” ―Harper's
“Nadelson writes wonderfully well about New York in her crime novel series featuring detective Artie Cohen. Her new book, however, takes Cohen out of his comfort zone. The murder of a Russian friend's daughter leads him to London and Moscow. Nadelson's take on a London of oligarchs fuelled by money from the ‘new' Russia is thrilling and trenchant.” ―Ian Rankin
“Reggie Nadelson is an original. Her detective Artie Cohen is as cunning as he is charming, as hardnosed as he is vulnerable, more gemütlich and giving than he likes to reveal. Her dialogue, characters and descriptive atmosphere are so authentic they assault the senses. This is crime fiction at its highest level.” ―Open Letters Monthly
“Reggie Nadelson, where have you been all my life? This book is not just a well-written thriller, but one of those, ‘Damn, she's really good' type of books, the kind that inspires reading junkies to immediately seek out the author's backlist to see what he's been missing. LONDONGRAD is a dark, moody, brooding gem that's bound to get under your skin.” ―Mystery Scene magazine
“If your summer reading calls for something more in the murder mystery and thriller genre, you can't go wrong with Nadelson's latest installment in the Artie Cohen mystery series…a timely tale of crossed loyalties and international conspiracies that should serve many well as a guilty summer pleasure.” ―Russian Life magazine
About the Author
A journalist and documentary filmmaker, Reggie Nadelson is the author of seven previous Artie Cohen novels: Fresh Kills, Red Hook, Disturbed Earth, Red Hot Blues, Hot Poppies, Bloody London, and Sex Dolls. Comrade Rockstar, her biography of Dean Reed, the American emigre who became the biggest rock star in the Soviet Union, is under option to Tom Hanks. Born in Greenwich Village, Nadelson now lives in downtown Manhattan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Cohen is a hard-drinking, no-nonsense New York cop who also happens to be a first generation Russian-American. His life is tangled with enough unsavory types to provide ample color and grist, and in this instance, it sucks him into the world of Russian oligarchs, FBI investigations and FSB?in trigues. The catalyst is the murder of two young women, one of whom is his lover, Valentina, who also happens to be his best friend's daughter.
Splicing in bits of current events, most notably the radioactive murder of Alexander Litvinenko, Nadelson fashions a timely tale of crossed loyalties and international conspiracies that should serve many well as a guilty summer pleasure. (As reviewed in Russian Life)
I THINK IT COULD BE TURNED INTO A TV MOVIE.I WOULD CAST VIGGO MORTENSON AS THE LEAD.
INTERESTING CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK SERIES WITH VIVID BROOKLY N.Y. LOCALES.