Shamus Award–winning author Michael Sears brings Queens, New York, to literary life in this crime series debut featuring a somewhat seedy lawyer with a heart of gold (or at least gold plate).
Queens, New York—the most diverse place on earth. Native son Ted Molloy knows these streets like the back of his hand. Ted was once a high-powered Manhattan lawyer, but after a spectacular fall from grace, he has found himself back on his home turf, scraping by as a foreclosure profiteer. It’s a grubby business, but a safe one—until Ted’s case sourcer, a mostly reformed small-time conman named Richie Rubiano, turns up murdered shortly after tipping Ted off to an improbably lucrative lead.
With Richie’s widow on his back and shadows of the past popping up at every turn, Ted realizes he’s gotten himself embroiled in a murder investigation. His quest for the truth will take him all over Queens, plunging him into the machinations of greedy developers, mobsters, enraged activists, old litigator foes and old-school New York City operators.
About the Author
Michael Sears spent over twenty years on Wall Street, rising to become a managing director for Paine Webber and Jefferies Financial before leaving the business in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. His books, a number of which are national bestsellers, have been nominated for—and received—numerous awards, including the Edgar. An avid sailor, he lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with his wife, poet and artist Barbara Segal, and the cat Penelope.
Praise for Tower of Babel
“Sears’s Tower of Babel is a fascinating bit of alchemy brewed of real estate, money, murder and betrayal.”
—Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author
“Michael Sears is a born storyteller, whose sardonic wit, documentarian’s eye for detail, and unflagging sense of empathy I’ve long admired. Tower of Babel is another crackerjack entry into his catalogue, an intricate, original, and more-than-a-little-seedy underdog story that kept me up long past my bedtime, my palms sweaty and my every nerve on edge as I raced through the pages toward the climactic—and wholly satisfying—throwdown. Sears is a master at creating tension; once this book sinks its hooks into you, it won't let you go.”
—Owen Laukkanen, bestselling author of Deception Cove
“Tower of Babel is so full of New York characters and locations that you'd swear it was written on asphalt. It has no potholes, though, just a fast-moving and, because it involves corrupt politicians and shady real estate developers, completely believable plot. If you live here, you'll love it. If you don't, read it to see what makes us the way we are.”
—SJ Rozan, bestselling author of Paper Son
“A contemporary Philip Marlowe comes to Queens in this wonderfully engaging caper . . . Sears absolutely nails the voice of his endearingly vulnerable tarnished-lawyer turned sleuth—Tower of Babel is a terrific book.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling and award-winning author of The Murder List
“Tower of Babel is a gripping mystery comprised of personal failures and redemptions, risks and temptations in the realm of corrupt power and humorous cynicism that Sears's existing fans and new readers alike will relish . . . Impossible to put down—or forget.”
—Anton Media Group
“Razor-edged prose, sharply defined characters, and a fast-paced plot boost this noir-wrought drama. Fans of Raymond Chandler and classic gangster films will be rewarded.”
“Sears introduces a new hero to his world of high-finance thrillers: a soiled, likable Queens ex-lawyer whose highly questionable business practices are radically challenged by the murder of his partner . . . Even if you’re not already sold on Queens, Sears makes real estate law as sexy and dangerous as international intrigue.”
“The first in a new series by Shamus Award–winner Sears is full of terrific writing and richly developed characters . . . [Sears's] Jason Stafford financial thrillers have made quite an impression with critics and readers, and this new series promises to be just as strong.”
Praise for Michael Sears
Winner of the Shamus Award
“An exciting and fascinating tale of big money and even bigger crime, an insider’s glimpse into a world where fortunes can be made or lost at the click of a button and the stakes can be life and death . . . moving, deeply human story.”
“Extraordinary! Michael Sears has a knack for completely complicated, thoroughly likable characters, caught up in a deadly web of lies, greed, and financial corruption.”
“Superb writing, a riveting plot, and a hero I’m still thinking about days afterward. A must-read!”
“Exciting and compelling.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Black Fridays is definitely worth the investment.”
—The Associated Press