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The Man Who Never Returned

A Novel

by Peter Quinn

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The Man Who Never Returned by Peter Quinn
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  • Published Aug 2010
    352 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Judge Joe Crater's disappearance in 1930 spawned countless conspiracy theories and captured the imagination of a nation caught in the grip of The Depression.

Fifteen years later, Fintan Dunne the detective encountered in Quinn's novel Hour of the Cat, recently retired and bored, answers a summons to New York where he is asked to solve the old case for a newspaper magnate only interested in making a profit from the story.

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"Starred Review. Quinn not only makes the existence of clues at such a late date plausible but also concocts an explanation that's both logical and surprising." - Publishers Weekly

"This hybrid of mystery and history builds a compelling case but sets a leisurely pace in the process..." - Kirkus Reviews

"Dunne's detection seems to come a bit too easily, but Quinn's rich, insightful, evocative descriptions of New York, both in Crater’s time and in 1955, will certainly please fans of historical crime novels." - Booklist

"Peter Quinn just might make it into the history books himself. He is perfecting, if not actually creating, a genre you could call the history-mystery. The Man Who Never Returned is a dazzling story by a fine writer. Fintan Dunne is a memorably hero who you want to meet again & again." - James Patterson

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Peter Quinn

Peter Quinn has worked as a speech writer for two New York governors, and as the Editorial Director for Time Warner. He is a third generation New Yorker whose grandparents were born in Ireland.

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