By S.J. Rozan

The secrets and techniques of a gaggle of adolescence pals get to the bottom of during this haunting mystery by means of Edgar Award winner S. J. Rozan. Set in big apple within the unforgettable aftermath of September eleven, Absent Friends brilliantly captures a time and position in contrast to the other, because it winds in the course of the wounded streets of recent York and Staten Island...and right into a maze of outdated crimes, broken lives, and heartbreaking revelations. the result's not just an electrifying secret and a riveting piece of storytelling yet an elegiac novel that powerfully explores an international replaced perpetually on a transparent September morning.

In a singular that would capture you off shield at each flip, and person who is sure to turn into a vintage, S. J. Rozan masterfully ratchets up the strain one revelation at a time as she dares you to think of the bonds of friendship, the which means of fact, and the stuff of heroism.

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Here in the green serenity of the hospital grounds, it did seem almost unbelievable that such horrors had ever been real. “They sent us to the north tower,” Keegan went on. “We were massing to go in—there was a chief there, I don't know which chief, but my captain reported to him. And there were, I think, four other companies. And we were getting set when part of the building just came twisting out of the sky. ” Keegan was seriously injured by the falling debris, receiving a concussion and second-degree burns; but it's clear he knows how much luckier he is than many of the men with whom he stood.

He was nowhere near where I was. ” Today in Pleasant Hills a breeze ruffled the bunting above the doors of Engine 168, and the carved salamanders, legendary lizards that cannot be destroyed by fire, seemed to wink. And Probationary Firefighter Kevin Keegan walked, slowly, on crutches, but unaided, back into the firehouse where he grew up. ” Keegan's mother, Sally, has no doubt in her mind about that. “Jimmy's been taking care of us all our lives. Since we were all kids. Kevin's dad . ” Sally Keegan smiled.

All the kids keep away from Al Spano, all the kids cross to the other side of the street on the block where the Spanos live; all except Jack, who walks on that side on purpose, staring right into the windows of their house. No question Al Spano would tear out and break the arm of any man whose son was messing with his son. Even Mike the Bear: any man. But going up against Mike the Bear, that would be the end of Al Spano. Eddie Spano must know that, everyone knows that. So Eddie has to say he doesn't know who poured the gasoline.

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