New York City's Alphabet City is a magnet for desperate hustlers, con men, and last-chance addicts. Payton Sherwood knows that scene. But Payton also lives by a white-knight creed derived from the heroes of Golden Age detective fiction. And like those renowned hardboiled private eyes, he is riddled with loss-the loss of an old love who still exists in daydreams, and the loss of a city he barely recognizes. Payton takes a wrong turn on a side street and stumbles into trouble in the form of three bull-necked heavies and a tough sixteen-year-old runaway named Gloria Manlow. After taking a savage beating, he tracks Gloria through Alphabet City, where the shadows that frighten aren't those that shade the street, but rather the soul. Payton's dusk-to-dawn nightmare on the wild side is about to begin-and nothing will stop it but death.
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"As EAST OF A begins, Private Eye Payton Sherwood is listening to an audiobook adaptation of Raymond Chandler's FAREWELL, MY LOVELY, read by Joe Mantegna. This first novel by a new voice in hard-boiled crime fiction develops with a fast pace, gritty New York settings, and edgy dialogue. Adams Morgan's rapid, clipped reading and high-pitched voice are distracting and not well suited to Atwood's noir adventure about a detective who pursues a runaway through the tenements, dance clubs and drug dives of Manhattan's East Village and Alphabet City. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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