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Brooklyn Secrets : An Erica Donato Mystery
by Triss Stein


Overview - Erica Donato, Brooklyn girl, urban history grad student and single mom, is researching the 1930s when Brownsville was the home of the notorious organized criminals the newspapers called Murder Inc. She quickly learns that even in rapidly changing Brooklyn, Brownsville remains much as it was.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Erica Donato, Brooklyn girl, urban history grad student and single mom, is researching the 1930s when Brownsville was the home of the notorious organized criminals the newspapers called Murder Inc. She quickly learns that even in rapidly changing Brooklyn, Brownsville remains much as it was. It is still poor, it is still tough, and it still breeds fighters and gangs. Doing field research, Erica stops in at the landmark local library and meets Savanna, a young woman who is the pride of her mother and her bosses, and headed for an elite college and a future. A few days later, Savanna is found beaten and left for dead. Her anguished mother is everywhere, insisting someone knows something. After a massive, angry demonstration, a young girlfriend of Savanna's is found dead, too. Is there a connection? Did perfect Savanna have a few secrets? Erica's curious. But she's focused on the 1930s and has located a few women who are happy to share memories. Two are childhood friends who disagree on much but guard secrets, too--ones kept for a lifetime. Never one to resist looking deeper than her research requires, Erica keeps encountering an apparent derelict white man, a vengeful rejected girlfriend, the role of boxing as a way out of poverty, and fading evidence of long-ago crimes.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781464204128
  • ISBN-10: 1464204128
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 242
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

Series: Erica Donato Mysteries

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Steins labored third Erica Donato mystery (after 2014s Brooklyn Graves), Ericas scholarly interest in how Brooklyn neighborhoods change gets her into trouble. While researching the tough Brownsville neighborhood of the 1930s at the local library, Erica, whos in the CUNY graduate program, meets bright high school senior Savanna Lafayette. When Savanna is found badly beaten a few days later, Erica realizes that she knew Savannas mother, Zora Lafayette, when they were classmates in sociology of the family at Brooklyn College and offers to help. Erica and Zora soon must deal with the death of one of Savannas young friends. Meanwhile, in the course of Ericas research into Brownsvilles criminal past and its notorious gangsters, she interviews two elderly women, whose childhood memories lead her on another archival search. She also learns more about her cab-driving father and her 15-year-old daughter, Chris. Neither history nor mystery is well served by this attempt to weave them together into one tale. (Dec.)

 
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