23 Shades of Black (Filomena Buscarsela Mysteries (Paperback))
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When Filomena learns that the toxic leak may have been sabotage, and a key witness—an East Village artist—dies in a suspicious accident, she decides to pursue the case on her own by cruising the Alphabet City punk rock This tense, psychological thriller set in the East Village punk scene during the early s shadows a single evening shift of NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 01, Sheila rated it it was amazing. I love sarcasm, wit and a good mystery, so this was right up my alley! Filomena is a cop who sees too much and has become used to that. Between problems at work and in her personal life Filomena has to get by with sarcasm and grit; which she has in abundance.
This book has won numerous awards or been nominated for awards such as I love sarcasm, wit and a good mystery, so this was right up my alley! This book has won numerous awards or been nominated for awards such as the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Anthony Award. It is very noir, but funny at times as well. If you love detective novels, mystery, suspense and humor you will love 23 Shades of Black.
There are other books in this series. View 1 comment. For one thing, the main character, a New York cop named Filomena Buscarsela, is a woman of Ecuadorian descent. For another, although Filomena's tough as nails, beneath her toughness lies both keen intelligence and empathy. In addition, this female character is the creation of a male author. Wishnia the "K" stands for "Kenneth" has succeeded where most male authors tend to fail.
Without turning her into a saint at least, not too much of one , Wishnia has created a likable, highly realistic female protagonist in a story told in the first person. This alone should probably have earned Wishnia the Edgar, but the story offers much more to support that position. The story is actually told in retrospect, which is oddly but effectively conveyed in the first person present tense. As in "I get out of the car and get my nightstick.
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This lends the story an immediacy it might not otherwise have. Filomena and her partner, Bernie "a beef-brained cabeza de chorlito so cerebrally-challenged he couldn't pick his own nose without the aid of an instruction manual and a detailed map" , end up on an emergency call for a toxic leak at a food stamp center. Apparently, the leak is coming from an insecticide factory next door. Without waiting for a hazmat unit or rescue workers, Filomena charges into the building and saves someone. After the incident, Filomena just can't let go of what happened.
Even though questions of sabotage are raised, no one seems to be following up. A suspect is identified and he ends up dead. And Filomena is the only one who seems to care. She asks questions, only to be smacked down. She follows leads, only to be thwarted. A reporter who's been calling Filomena with questions suddenly gets cold feet. Not good signs. Jul 23, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: novels , own-loanable , setting-nyc , crime. If you like your crime novels with a heavy does of social commentary, this one set in early s NYC is just the ticket. Responding to a toxic incident at a food bank, she stumbles into a strange plot involving a potential environmental coverup by a real-estate developer, coupled with the possible murder of an artist.
The story takes her in and out of the seedy East Village p If you like your crime novels with a heavy does of social commentary, this one set in early s NYC is just the ticket. It's kind of a fantasy plot in a way -- the brown lefty heroine standing up to the corrupt capitalist gentrifiers. The story is OK, nothing special -- the real reason to read the book is for its unabashed politics.
23 Shades Of Black
Those who have only experienced the cleaned up New York of the last years may find much to astonish in these pages, while those who lived it will be reminded of just how bad it was. I'll definitely be seeking out the next in the series -- Soft Money. There were definitely things that I enjoyed about this book. One example is a random character who accompanies the protagonist to one of the final locations, and This person was introduced literally in that chapter with no sort of exp There were definitely things that I enjoyed about this book.
One example is a random character who accompanies the protagonist to one of the final locations, and This person was introduced literally in that chapter with no sort of explanation of how he is connected to Filomena. At times I felt like there is more thought put into the witty banter and sarcasm over presenting a logical timeline.
With that said I am considering reading the second book in this series because it was still interesting.
Jun 10, Alan Sanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: epub. But as she attempts to punish environmental criminals, Filomena finds the case This tense, psychological thriller set in the East Village punk scene during the early s shadows a single evening shift of NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela.
I'm generally not a mystery reader, but I enjoyed this one. Very political, and so far it does not seem formulaic, which is my usual reason for disliking the genre.
23 Shades of Black (Filomena Buscarsela, #1) by K.J.A. Wishnia
I will definitely try the next one in the series. Description This tense, psychological thriller set in the East Village punk scene during the early s shadows a single evening shift of NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela. When Filomena learns that the toxic leak may have been sabotage, and a key witness--an East Village artist--dies in a suspicious accident, she decides to pursue the case on her own by cruising the Alphabet City punk rock clubs for clues about the artist's last days. But as she attempts to punish environmental criminals, Filomena finds the case, and her personal life, begin to crumble.
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