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Central Park West: the unmissable debut legal thriller of the year

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Comey injects the personal into his thriller and keeps us coming back for more – as much to follow what his characters are up to as to find the solution to the mystery. Early on, a former state governor - one who keeps his lips zipped but articles of his clothing not so much - is found dead of a suicide that turns out to be murder. Carleton eventually convicts the hitwoman in court, and in the process Burke appears to have been exonerated. She is in the process of divorcing him but is on camera entering and leaving the building around the time of his death and was also seen by the doorman. Horticultural Faux Pas (plants out of season or growing zones, like daffodils in autumn or bougainvillea in Alaska): NO But I had to look up the garden-like Pomander Walk to see if it was a real place.

S. federal prosecutor, Nora Carleton, who needs to figure out the truth within a murky group of people from criminals to federal agents to the police to politicians and many others. It’s undeniable that [Comey’s] experience brings a plethora of realism to his first attempt at writing fiction.I didn’t need to know the address of every courthouse in Manhattan, but that is an insignificant quibble.

I appreciated the lengthy procedural and acronym explanations that lended to the authenticity and complicity of the novel. Comey’s debut offers us ample misdirection along with the kind of twists and turns that keep us turning the pages, in this case furiously. Nora also has a 5-year-old daughter named Sophie, and amicably shares custody with Sophie's dad Nick.We meet prosecutors, investigators and FBI agents and get an insight into how the law has to work across different departments who can come into conflict and how politics is never very far away from the surface of decision-making. Uber rides, Google geolocations, that the government can sweep into a pile and collect a “pretty detailed picture of a life. Let’s welcome James Comey to the group of crime novelists who really know what goes on behind the scenes — his knowledgeable descriptions in this debut novel assure you that he has insider knowledge about the way federal attorneys and FBI agents really work (not as lone wolves with secret past personal histories driving them forward). Whether she will remain in that position is a question that Comey appears to have deliberately left open for a sequel.

I heard about it through Armchair Expert when they interviewed the author and former FBI director, James Comey.On top of this, I was fascinated by Comey, firstly as someone involved in a lot of Mob prosecutions (The Irishman is an aficionado of Mob history and, as a result, I’ve learnt more about it than would have been my inclination otherwise) and later as Director of the FBI and the controversy surrounding the ending of his tenure under President Donald Trump. However, things take a turn when the defendant passes along a note, promising some information on a local case. In the Mafia trial, when it appears that Frenchie's evidence will convict D'Amico, the mobster secretly passes a note to the prosecution team, in an effort to make a deal. Federal prosecutor Nora Carleton has spent years building a case against a powerful New York mobster. Working all the angles, Nora secures an arrest, but will have to take the case to trial, in hopes of showing that the deception and treachery committed were all part of a larger scheme to enforce a message on a politician who had deep pockets and no morals.

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