This tense, psychological thriller set in the East Village punk scene during the early 1980s shadows a single evening shift of NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela. When Filomena learns that the toxic leak may have been sabotage, and a key witnessan East Village artistdies in a suspicious accident, she decides to pursue the case on her own by cruising the Alphabet City punk rock clubs for clues about the artist’s last days. But as she attempts to punish environmental criminals, Filomena finds the case, and her personal life, begin to crumble. A taut noir tempered with a cynical sense of humor, this mystery novel is a sociological snapshot of a working-class Latina in New York City.
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Hard-boiled, noir crime fiction edgier than Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, funnier than J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas, Filomena Buscarsela is a kick butt, Hispanic cop with no rose colored glasses for New York City’s streets. She is believable, likeable and has a sense of right and wrong we all want to believe in.Author K. J. A. Wishnia has brought to life one of the most interesting characters to the crime fiction genre in ages. This author knows sarcasm, wit, mystery and noir and he mixes it together with a character that makes 23 Shades of Black a true hard-boiled crime fiction success.Filomena has had a hard time lately. She has a jerk for a partner, deals with the low life of the city streets and her personal life is falling apart. And that is just the beginning. She finds out that a toxic leak may have been sabotage and decided to pursue the case on her own.This is what crime fiction was meant to be.more
Protagonist: Filomena BuscarselaSetting: present-day New York CitySeries: #1What's a woman from a very rural mountain village in Ecuador doing as a NewYork City cop? There are some days when Filomena Buscarsela wonders thatherself. She's trying her best to make detective, but for some strangereason, she's always a half point short. She doesn't give up, and thatdoesn't win her many friends amongst her co-workers. Officially, she'sworking the case of the Columbian woman raped by her landlord, the Federalcase of illegal immigrants, and anything else her superiors throw in herdirection. Unofficially, she's working on the case of a dead artist whoclaimed that the Lilliflex Corp. was polluting the environment.I've read that Wishnia couldn't find a publisher for this book and decidedto publish it on his own dime. I'm glad he did. Buscarsela is one of thebest characters I've had the good fortune to meet this year. She's tough,she's funny, and she doesn't know when to quit. I didn't always agree withher decisions, but I still liked her at book's end. I want more Buscarsela!more