Death Will Help You Leave Him-Elizabeth Zelvin

Death Will Help You Leave Him

Elizabeth Zelvin

Minotaur, Oct 13 2009, $25.99

ISBN: 9780312582661

In New York, drug dealer Frankie Iacone is found dead in the apartment of his girlfriend Luz.  The police suspects Luz stabbed her boyfriend who just came out of rehab as they insist her motive is learning he had a wife and children living in Brooklyn.

Luz’s counselor Barbara, her boyfriend Jimmy and his best buddy recovering alcoholic Jimmy investigate the homicide.  Bruce also struggles with his dealings with his former wife bipolar addict Laura who he still sleeps with and who tempts his addiction.  Their unprofessional investigation leads the trio into trouble with the police and with associates of Frankie as they attend his funeral where they meet his warm Italian family including his pregnant wife.

In his second appearance (see DEATH WILL GET YOU SOBER) Bruce and his amateur sleuth cohorts make for an intriguing urban mystery as they fumble their way through the city’s most downtrodden residents trying to find the killer.  The story line is a very dark look at the mean streets of New York from the view of the undesirable forgotten.  For instance Bruce’s ex spouse is a fascinating character as she uses the threat of suicide as a defense mechanism to get Bruce to come over and then either kicks him to curb or has sex with him.  His confusion as to how to escape the relationship enhances a psychological look at New York’s emotionally desperately needy as the people overwhelms the whodunit.

Harriet Klausner

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