Under the Manhattan Bridge: An Anita Servi Mystery

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Tom Doherty Associates, Jul 1, 2004 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Anita Servi has given up social work; there was too much stress, too many people were dying. So she went to work for her husband, Benno, spending time in the arty community under the Manhattan Bridge, doing simple jobs in his woodworking shop. It was easy, it was fun.

Unfortunately for Anita, the job that was supposed to be peaceful was anything but, and it certainly wasn't fun. Not with the discovery of the body of a young man hidden in the equipment, a boy really, brutally murdered. There was no clue as to his identity, as to why he might have been killed...only a corpse and too many questions that demanded answers.

Asking questions is something Anita knows how to do; sometimes it takes her longer and farther afield to find the answers. This time her search takes her from the Russian baths on the Lower East Side to the Orthodox community in Williamsburg and the artists' galleries of the East Village. What she uncovers--links between party drugs, a stash of old diamonds and some expected greed--brings one of Irene Marcuse's praised denouments.

The highly praised Anita Servi mysteries, are not only set in New York, but bring the character of the city to life, as they explore the ways in which we treat each other. Drawing on her long career as a social worker and activist, Irene Marcuse portrays the city vividly while offering brilliant mysteries for the puzzle lover in all of us.

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Series protagonist Anita Servi (Death of an Amiable Child ) helps with her husband Benno's wood-finishing business in lower Manhattan. The recent 9/11 tragedy and the loss of her best friend leave her ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Irene Marcuse is the granddaughter of social philosopher Herbert Marcuse, an accident of birth that has formed a lot of her life. She has lived all over the United States and worked as a medical technician, long distance telephone operator, house cleaner, waitress, painter and wallpaper hanger, bead stringer, proofreader, and editor before receiving an MSW in social work from Columbia University. Before becoming a full time writer, Irene was Assistant Director of Morningside Retirement and Health Services.

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