Dan Fesperman - The Letter Writer
Fesperman’s debut novel, Lie in the Dark, won the Crime Writers Association of Britain’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award, and subsequent thrillers have earned the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. In his latest mystery, the Baltimore-based writer returns to 1942, following Woodrow Cain as he leaves North Carolina for a new job with the NYPD. Trying to forget his failed marriage and ambiguous role in his partner’s death, Cain gets caught up in a plot by crime bosses like Meyer Lansky to pin recent surges of violence on immigrants. Meanwhile, he falls in with the cryptic Danziger, who writes letters for many of the illiterate new arrivals and seems to know a lot about an unidentified boy found in the Hudson.