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The Graving Dock (Detective Jack Leightner #2)
In the chill of winter, a homemade coffin drifts ashore in New York Harbor, containing the body of a boy with the letters “G.I.” written on his forehead. As a detective with Brooklyn South Homicide, Jack Leightner finds that corpses are a part of every working day. But today his attention is riveted on a considerably smaller box, containing an engagement ring for his girlf...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Minotaur Books
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Although this is my first book by Cohen, he is now one of my favorites and I will be reading more. The main character is a New York police homicide detective who we get to see become more self-reflective as he struggles with his life. This is a complicated mystery with complicated characters, with no simple or trite results. Pretty real relationships also. I learned a bit about how complicated the interactions of river currents and tides are, an old island near Manhattan that was once a small to...more
This is one of those books that I picked up for a dollar at the Dollar Tree last year. Thankfully, I finally got around to reading it recently and I'm now thinking that the Dollar Tree is the coolest place to buy books. What I did not know at the time, and what has added to my wish list, is that this was the second book in the Jack Leightner series. Other than referencing a few incidents from the first book, this is okay as a standalone read. I've never been a fan of police procedurals, but ever...more
A good quick mystery. I'm familiar with the setting, so that was an added bonus. I liked the way that things often weren't done ad infinitum and often left a bit bare and not fleshed out, the style really worked. A bit different and refreshing, but still accessible and in the same mold.
Oct 05, 2010 Frances rated it 3 of 5 stars
I am following Alan in reading these mysteries set very locally here in Brooklyn. Entirely entertaining, especially given the local details. Clearly I'll end up reading some more of these books!
Gabriel Cohen’s debut novel Red Hook was nominated for the Edgar award for Best First Novel, and he is also the author of The Ninth Step, The Graving Dock, Boombox, Neptune Avenue, and the nonfiction book Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky: A Buddhist Path Through Divorce. He has written for The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Gourmet.com, Shambhala Sun, the New York Post magazine, and Time Out New Yo...moreMore about Gabriel Cohen...