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Jericho’s former partner, Mickey “Mouse’” Davis, with whom he worked in NYPD Homicide, is found dead in his car —killed by a single gunshot fired into his mouth. A handwritten suicide note is discovered beside him. NYPD declares Mouse’s death a suicide, but Jericho has his doubts. He leaves East Hampton and goes into the city to investigate. The New York cops tell Jericho to stay out of it, so Jericho must try to solve this case on his own. As Sam Spade says in The Maltese Falcon “When a man’s partner is killed, he’s supposed to do something about it.”
Book Life Prize review:
Plot: A straightforward crime novel, this short work easily hooks readers. An eventful plot maintains tension, with events clearly conveyed and interconnected.
Prose: Marks shows a strong command of language and a clear narrative style.
Originality: While firmly rooted within the detective genre, Marks’s novel offers an original premise, distinctive characters, and a memorable atmosphere.
Character Development: Marks generally creates convincing characters with a level of psychological complexity appropriate to the story.
Praise for Walter Marks’ DEATH HAMPTON — Introducing Detective Jericho:
“A fast-paced mystery with plenty of action and colorful characters.” – Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Walter Marks’ THE BATTLE OF JERICHO:
“Marks’s suspenseful second crime novel featuring Det. Sgt. Neil Jericho. Readers should be prepared for a shocking ending.” – Publishers Weekly
Also by Walter Marks — DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR:
“Perfect for Hannibal Lecter fans.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Smart, suspenseful, and edgy, with a shock of an ending which caught me totally by surprise.” – David Morrell, author of Rambo: First Blood