MYSTERY

The Nightworkers

Farrar. Oct. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780374222017. $27. THRILLER
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DEBUT Shecky Keenan’s world is imploding. His bank accounts are closing rapidly, his house is being watched by a mysterious man, and his newest runner, Emil Scott, is missing, along with the bag of dirty money he was carrying. Shecky’s family money-laundering business includes his nephew Henry, whose intimidating stature hides an artistic heart, and his niece, Kerasha, a girl with sticky fingers and a devastating past. Family means everything to Shecky but when Emil disappears, he learns that even family can keep dark secrets from one another. Selfon’s experiences as an investigative analyst for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office bring a realistic element to this debut novel, weaving truth and fantasy seamlessly to create an exciting look into the city’s seedy, treacherous back alley world of drugs, money laundering, and murder.
VERDICT The shifting perspectives, from Shecky’s heartbreaking reminiscences to Kerasha’s painful memories of her mother and therapy sessions, provide the desired emotional depth but may leave readers a bit disoriented. Fans of gritty, dark, mysteries with dysfunctional characters will appreciate this one.

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