Detective Pete Gonzalvez knew from the start that the dead woman he and his partner, Tolya Kurchenko, discovered in a Manhattan apartment did not commit suicide Pete knew her better than that Mariela Comacho was the love of his life The road to the truth winds through the slums of the Dominican Republic, the cold streets of Soviet Moscow, the hot sands of the Judean HilDetective Pete Gonzalvez knew from the start that the dead woman he and his partner, Tolya Kurchenko, discovered in a Manhattan apartment did not commit suicide Pete knew her better than that Mariela Comacho was the love of his life The road to the truth winds through the slums of the Dominican Republic, the cold streets of Soviet Moscow, the hot sands of the Judean Hills, and into the dark clubs of New York City s underworld They learn that Mariela was not merely murdered, but was the most recent victim of an international serial killer a phantom from Tolya s past and Karin Kurchenko, nine months pregnant, could be in his cold blooded crosshairs Forgiving Mariela Comacho, the second book in the Forgiving series, is AJ Sidransky at his best A fast paced thriller with witty, gritty dialogue and thoughtful perspective, its pages are rich with the engaging elements that continue to draw readers to Sidransky s unique prose.
Forgiving Mariela Camacho Detective Pete Gonzalvez knew from the start that the dead woman he and his partner Tolya Kurchenko discovered in a Manhattan apartment did not commit suicide Pete knew her better than that Mariela
Alan Sidransky has written a powerful sequel to his first published novel, Forgiving Maximo Rothman When tenants complain about a bad smell, NYPD detectives, Tolya Kurchenko and Pedro Gonzalvez, breach an apartment door, finding a dead woman, whose throat is slashed, along with a suicide note Sadly, Pedro Gonzalvez recognizes Mariela Comacho, his truest love from the Dominican Republic Sidransky explores powerful themes the immigrant experience Jews and Dominicans in Washington Heights , poverty [...]
In Washington Heights, Manhattan, Detectives Pete Gonzalvez and Tolya Kurchenko find an apparent suicide and become convinced the woman is a victim of a multiple murderer The trail crosses continents and years, with times, locations and characters vividly recreated and wonderfully relevant to the present day.While readers of the author s earlier novel, Forgiving Maximo Rothmann, will be familiar with some of the people in this tale, new readers will find background information quickly and neatly [...]
I found AJ Sidransky s novels when researching the northern section of Manhattan He has written two novels in the Forgiving series that are great reads in several ways as a detective story, as historical fiction, and a sense of that part of upper Manhattan that you only hear about on Law Order when they are looking for a locale for the bad guys Washington Heights and Inwood are so much than that, and Sidransky s novels help the reader to get a great sense of the area, including its history Look [...]
In his follow up to FORGIVING MAXIMO ROTHMAN, A J Sidransky outdoes himself FORGIVING MARIELA CAMACHO continues from where the first book left off Although, the two books are just as good if read out of order, doing so will reveal a major spoiler, if that worries you Apart from that, I believe the story arc and theme of both books are enriched by reading them in order It s no accident that the word forgiveness is used in both titles.That theme forgiveness of past mistakes and transgressions is t [...]
For giv ing Mariela Cama cho by A.J Sidran sky is a fic tional book, the sec ond in the For giv ing series tak ing place in New York City fol low ing a Jew ish cop of Russ ian ori gins and his involve ment with the Jew ish Domini can com mu nity The first book, For giv ing Max imo Roth man was pub lished in 2013.Detec tive Tolya Kurchenko and his part ner, Detec tive Pete Gon za lvez answer a call to an appar ent sui cide, how ever they quickly become real ize that this was a mur der In a cruel [...]
NYPD detectives Pete Gonzalvez and Tolya Kurchenko discover the body of a young woman inside what s meant to look like an elaborate suicide device, but they see what really happened murder And Gonzalvez knows the victim, a Dominican beauty named Mariela Camacho whom he once loved Maybe still does As this police procedural unwinds, you learn about Gonzalvez s early life in the Dominican Republic, and the code the people he grew up with lived by Kurchenko also has reasons to look into his past an [...]
I read this for my book club and the author came to our meeting to discuss it This is a very interesting story involving both the Dominican and Jewish communities in northern Manhattan It is a police procedural with several plots and personal background stories of the police officers I particularly enjoyed the author s information and insight It added to the experience of reading the book.
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Review by Barbara Bibel for the Jewish Book Council.