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A home nurse shows up at Homicide South and reports a confession to NYPD Detective Darlene O'Hara. Gus Henderson, a former junkie suffering from Alzheimer's, claims that 17 years ago, he murdered his partner and buried him in a park on Avenue B. When the police reluctantly agree to excavate, they find a body—just not the one they were looking for.
The cops unearth the skeleton of a young boy, neatly dressed and buried ceremoniously. O'Hara must now find the murderer of a child, and the trail leads from the seediest corners of the city to a sleepy retirement community in Florida.
Driving headlong into the urban underbelly, O'Hara uncovers a criminal tribe who preys only on the weak, but can she stop the cycle before another child is lost?
“De Jonge’s cop humor is true to life and the crime is true to the city. He also does sweet justice to New York, evoking the LES of 30 years ago as his cops work its latter-day streets.”
-New York Daily News
“Edgy. . . comes full circle in a stunningly creative manner. De Jonge’s hard-boiled prose and urban slang transports readers of serious crime fiction through gritty, harsh scenes populated with colorful characters Another stellar read from de Jonge—or as O’Hara would say, “Avenue B’s friggin’ amazing!”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“I’ll bet you $1 that BURIED ON AVENUE B is as good as—or better than—any mystery novel that comes out of Scandinavia, the rest of Europe, or America from sea to shining sea this year. It isn’t exactly realism—but that’s because the dialogue is too sharp and funny.”
“Mr. de Jonge clearly enjoys himself throughout this police procedural, and it makes all the difference.”
-East Hampton Star
“A compelling and puzzling mystery narrative peppered with memorable characters…De Jonge has earned himself a permanent place on this reviewer’s “must read” list.”
-Joe Hartlaub on Bookreporter.com
“De Jonge he tells his story with style, a generous helping of whimsy and a sharp eye for the odd corners and myriad eccentricities of Manhattan.”
-Washington Post Book World