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Proving Ground

A Lourdes Robles Novel, Book 1

by Peter Blauner

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Proving Ground by Peter Blauner
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    May 2017, 368 pages
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    Mar 2018, 368 pages

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A sweeping crime novel, an intricate story about the quest for redemption, and a vibrant portrait of contemporary New York City, all told in Blauner's singular voice.

More than a decade after winning the 1992 Best First Novel Edgar for Slow Motion Riot, Peter Blauner has returned from writing scripts for television to spin another noir crime fiction steeped in moral relativism and driven by a flawed, but empathetic, protagonist.

Nathaniel Dresden – called Natty Dread when carrying an M-4 carbine during his Iraq tours as a young intelligence officer – is home in Brooklyn because his father, David, has been shot down on the streets. David Dresden was a headline grabbing attorney whose passion was defending those caught up by the system, guilty or innocent. David was in the middle of suing the FBI for multi-millions because of the rendition of a Muslim postal clerk to a foreign prison where he was tortured.

Noir is generally driven by atmosphere and character, and Blauner cuts and shapes them both diamond-hard and crystal-clear. First, ...

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