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Proving ground, Peter Blauner

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Proving ground
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Proving ground
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Peter Blauner
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eng
Summary
When his father is found murdered near the peaceful confines of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Nathaniel Dresden has to fend off the growing suspicions of NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles. The search for answers leads Natty and Lourdes to brutal truths that could destroy them both
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  • David Dresden, a crusading criminal attorney who has plagued the NYPD by providing skilled counsel for people the cops want behind bars, is murdered outside his Brooklyn home. For his son, Nathaniel, aka Natty Dread, who developed PTSD in Iraq, there is sorrow, but he’s been estranged from his father for a long time, and nearly anything can trigger nightmarish thoughts of Sadr City. For David’s braggadocious, combative law partner, Ben Grimaldi, it means that David’s $12 million suit against the FBI has become his case. For Lourdes Robles, an ambitious young detective in an overwhelmingly male environment, catching the Dresden case is either a great opportunity or a career ender. She is paired with Kevin Sullivan, a taciturn legend among Brooklyn cops but who may have lost his edge after 40 years on the force. Proving Ground has a lot of moving parts. The primary characters (including Brooklyn itself) are vividly drawn and compelling, and character drives the plot, which is convoluted but ultimately believable. Fine entertainment for crime-fiction lovers. -- Gaughan, Thomas (Reviewed 4/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 15, p25)
  • /* Starred Review */ Although it has been 11 years since Slipping into Darkness, Edgar-winner Blauner hasn’t lost his touch, as this page-turner demonstrates. Iraq war veteran Nathaniel Dresden (aka Natty Dread) has returned to New York City for the funeral of his murdered father, lawyer David Dresden. The senior Dresden was suing the FBI on behalf of a Muslim mail carrier, whom they seized and turned over to the Macedonians for “enhanced interrogation.” When detectives Lourdes Robles and Kevin Sullivan catch the case, they find a suspicious pattern of calls from the senior Dresden to the New York FBI office. Natty begins to help his father’s partner, Benjamin Grimaldi, continue the suit, hoping to discover more about his father’s murder. They don’t have an easy time piecing together the murder case or the case against the FBI, but the connections between the two eventually become too great to ignore. Blauner has crafted two strong and complex leads in Natty and Lourdes and given readers an intricate plot that never feels forced. 100,000 announced first printing. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management Literary Agency. (May)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 03/13/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 11, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The murder of a liberal lawyer in Brooklyn puts his Iraq War veteran son and two detectives on a collision course in this complex, character-rich tale.The victim, David Dresden, was suing the FBI in connection with the rendition of a Muslim-American mailman who was tortured and imprisoned for five years based on the false claims of a fellow Muslim worker. Detective Lourdes Robles, trying to redeem herself after a public-relation mess her partner instigated, catches the case with the almost-retired, almost mystical Detective Kevin Sullivan. The crime scene looks wrong, and suspicion falls on the FBI. Then it falls on Dresden's son, Nathaniel, who was practicing law in Florida but returned to New York just before the murder and is facing imprisonment for severely beating a fireman—which he doesn't remember doing, having blacked out. The complications mount when David's law partner, Ben Grimaldi, a father figure to Nathaniel, seems to have won too many cases in which unfriendly witnesses were killed. Blauner (Slipping into Darkness, 2006, etc.) gives his characters a lot of room to move and grow. Lourdes is forced to recall her father's betrayals as she tries to prove herself in the largely male world of the NYPD. Nathaniel struggles with unresolved friction and guilt regarding his father and doesn't relish challenging the paternal-surrogate side of Ben. Meanwhile, he frequently suffers from PTSD's dark memories, especially the accidental killing of a boy during his two tours in Iraq. His eventual confrontation with the child's father, who has immigrated to New Jersey, is a remarkable scene and one that gives a compelling twist to the father-child and sin-redemption themes—only to be one-upped by a doozy of a twist in the murder plot. A top-notch crime novel that avoids easy resolutions and is all the better for its unanswered questions.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2017)
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10559510
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Blauner, Peter
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.L3936
LC item number
P76 2017
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Lourdes Robles novels
Series volume
1
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  • Women detectives
  • Fathers and sons
  • Fathers
  • Murder
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
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Proving ground, Peter Blauner
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9781250117441
Lccn
2017011878
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 950954832
  • (OCoLC)950954832
Label
Proving ground, Peter Blauner
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9781250117441
Lccn
2017011878
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 950954832
  • (OCoLC)950954832

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