Thorndike Press

The Letter Writer

  • Dan Fesperman
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  • ISBN-10: 1410489477
  • ISBN-13: 9781410489470
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs ( .45 kgs)
  • 642 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2016

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February 1942: Leaving behind an ex-wife, a daughter, and a tainted career as a North Carolina police officer, Woodrow Cain is starting over on the NYPD. On the job, he meets a mysterious man called Danziger. A writer of letters for illiterate immigrants, he has a seemingly boundless knowledge of the city and its denizens.


Customer Reviews

"The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before . . . What makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer."

— Bookllist

"Intelligent . . . Fesperman shows a skilled hand at creating the detail of wartime New York the vitality of the German Yorkville section, the hysteria following the bombing of the luxury liner the Normandie, the influence of mobster Meyer Lansky. . . . The likable and well-drawn [protagonist] will go over well with readers, especially those fond of historicals."

— Publishers Weekly

"Fesperman's troop of characters, historic and fictional, makes New York come alive with conspiracy and mystery. . . . A Sherlock-like creation . . . the story kicks into thriller overdrive. Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of the 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he's created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired."

— Kirkus Reviews