By S.J. Rozan
The secrets and techniques of a gaggle of adolescence neighbors get to the bottom of during this haunting mystery through Edgar Award winner S. J. Rozan. Set in manhattan 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 previous 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 a global replaced perpetually on a transparent September morning.
In a singular that would seize you off shield at each flip, and person who is absolute to turn into a vintage, S. J. Rozan masterfully ratchets up the strain one revelation at a time as she dares you to think about the bonds of friendship, the which means of fact, and the stuff of heroism.
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From his probationary days at Engine 168, McCaffery's fearlessness stood out. “He wasn't reckless,” said his mentor, Owen McCardle. “Jimmy never made a move until he took the situation in. But sometimes we had to pull him back all the same. One thing you learn on this job: sometimes you have to let something burn. Let something go to save something else. Jimmy never wanted to believe that. Superman, we called him. ” In a Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph from 1984, McCaffery is in midair, leaping the gap from one rooftop to another, silhouetted against smoke and flame.
James McCaffery, one of the most decorated firefighters in the history of the FDNY. Capt. McCaffery died in the collapse of the north tower along with three other members of Ladder 62, the Manhattan company he commanded. But today was a happy day in Pleasant Hills, because another native son, a little worse for wear, maybe, but alive and whole, came home. Kevin Keegan was a probationary firefighter with three months' experience under his belt when the bell at Engine 168 rang on September 11. His shift was over; he didn't need to be there.
They nibbled on bread and olives; they sipped their wine. Around the table people's faces were glowing, as they leaned forward to hear one another better, as they nodded and laughed. This was not the wine, Marian thought, not the candles. This glow—she could feel it in her own smile as she watched her friends—was the light of what used to be a simple pleasure: ending a day of hard work with good food and good friends. By the time the waiter came to take their orders—Marian had decided on the rigatoni with goat cheese and three varieties of mushrooms—no one had yet mentioned the Fund.
Absent Friends by S.J. Rozan