For new visitors do I want to explain that Cover Crush is something that my friend Erin over at Historical Fiction Reader came up with and I adopted the idea together with some other friends. And, now we try to put up a Cover Crush every week. You can check below my pick of the week for their choices this week!
In a New York City still reeling from Pearl Harbor, a letter writer uses his cache of secrets to aid a struggling cop in a murder investigation—but his own secrets, if brought to light, may put them both at risk.
February 9, 1942. Disgraced Southern cop Woodrow Cain arrives in New York City for a new position with the NYPD and is greeted with smoke billowing out from the SS Normandie, engulfed in flames on the Hudson. On Cain’s first day on the job, a murdered body turns up in the same river. Unfamiliar with the milieu of mob bosses and crooked officials in the big city, Cain’s investigation stalls, until a strange man who calls himself Danziger enters his life. Danziger looks like a miscreant, but speaks five languages, has the manners of a man of means, and appears to be the one person who can help Cain identify the body. A letter writer for illiterate European immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Danzinger has a seemingly boundless knowledge of the city’s denizens and networks—and also seems to possess information that extends beyond the reach of his clients, hinting at an unfathomable past. As the body count grows, Cain and Danziger inch closer toward an underground ring of possibly traitorous corruption…but in these murky depths, not even Danzinger can know what kind of danger will await them.
I love how the title and the cover image match each other is such a great way. From the author's name that looks like it's been typed on a typewriter to the letter on top of the cover. And, New York also has a central place. Is such a compelling cover!