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Icepick
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Icepick
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Two children need former car thief turned amateur sleuth and Child Protective Officer Foggy Moscowitz's help in this latest noir mystery set in Florida.
Foggy Moscowitz is shocked when ID found on a body in the bay suggests it's his close Brooklyn friend, Pan Pan Washington, and the car involved belongs to one of their old associates, Sammy 'Icepick' Franks. What message is Icepick trying to send Foggy, and why?
The children who found the body were looking for their mother – one of twenty-seven women missing from John Horse's Seminole tribe, and Foggy immediately takes the pair under his wing as they follow a disturbing trail.
Is John right about there being a connection between the car in the bay and the missing women? Could Foggy's old associates in New York be involved? Hit men, crooked police officers, and even oil-rich Oklahomans can't stop Foggy on his mission to uncover the truth.
Two children need former car thief turned amateur sleuth and Child Protective Officer Foggy Moscowitz's help in this latest noir mystery set in Florida.
Foggy Moscowitz is shocked when ID found on a body in the bay suggests it's his close Brooklyn friend, Pan Pan Washington, and the car involved belongs to one of their old associates, Sammy 'Icepick' Franks. What message is Icepick trying to send Foggy, and why?
The children who found the body were looking for their mother – one of twenty-seven women missing from John Horse's Seminole tribe, and Foggy immediately takes the pair under his wing as they follow a disturbing trail.
Is John right about there being a connection between the car in the bay and the missing women? Could Foggy's old associates in New York be involved? Hit men, crooked police officers, and even oil-rich Oklahomans can't stop Foggy on his mission to uncover the truth.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 8, 2016
    Set in 1974 in Fry’s Bay, Fla., this appealing first in a new series from Edgar-winner DePoy (December’s Thorn and six other Fever Devlin mysteries) introduces colorful Foggy Moscowitz, who once stole cars in his native Brooklyn. When Nurse Maggie Redhawk tells Foggy, who now works as an investigator for Child Protective Services, that addict Lynette Baker, a new mother, has fled the hospital with her sick baby, who needs medicine to survive, Foggy goes on a successful hunt for the baby. Later, members of the Tribal Council of the Seminole Nation take Lynette and her baby to their swamp. Foggy’s efforts to find the baby bring him into contact with a slew of characters, including Seminole sage John Horse, with competing interests. The baby is the key, and Foggy must figure out why before he can act. DePoy’s lively mix of Seminole history and the wry observations of a “Yankee Jew criminal” make for an amusing tale. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management.

  • Library Journal

    March 1, 2016

    In 1971 car thief Foggy Moskowitz fled to Fry's Bay, FL, and reinvented himself as an investigator for Child Protective Services, trying to atone for his crimes in Brooklyn. Three years later, he gets a late-night phone call from his boss, who wants him to track down a missing baby taken from the hospital by her junkie mother. He finds the infant as well as mystical Seminoles, land-grubbing billionaires, and other interesting characters. VERDICT DePoy, acclaimed for his "Flap Tucker" (Dead Easy) and "Fever Devilin" (December's Thorn) mysteries, starts a new noir series that introduces a flawed man with a heart of gold. Foggy did a bad thing, and now he lives as though every day is Yom Kippur. Atmospheric and with a hero trying to be better than the circumstances in which he finds himself, this title will remind readers of Sharyn McCrumb's "Ballad" series and Rick Riordan's "Tres Navarre" books.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    March 15, 2016
    Florida, 1974. Foggy Moskowitz, a Brooklyn car thief on the lam, has managed to wind up in the Sunshine State working for Child Protective Services (the how-he-got-there story is a little far-fetched, but just go with it). Sent out to find a missing babythe child was taken from the hospital, possibly by its drug-addicted motherhe winds up wading knee-deep in conspiracy and a target for murder. The novel is the first in a projected series, and it has a lot going for it: an appealing, offbeat protagonist; a wacky story line; and a real feel for '70s Florida. If further adventures of Foggy Moskowitz continue the Elmore Leonard vibe that DePoy has going here, you can expect this series to have legs.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

  • Booklist

    August 1, 2018
    Foggy Moscowitz is a child protective officer in Fry's Bay, Florida. It's 1976, and Foggy's old pal Sammy Icepick Franks, a notorious hit man, leaves his mark on the little burg when he dumps a body in the bay. Foggy is called in because the two witnesses are both kids from the nearby Seminole reservation; they're in Fry's Bay looking for their mother, a maid, who has disappeared. Foggy decides to help the kids find their mother, but, since other maids have also disappeared, he suspects a trafficking ring preying on Native Americans. Though Foggy's on the right side of the law these days, before he arrived in Florida, he was on the lam from his native Brooklyn, where he was comfortable with a handful of felonies. Soon Foggy learns the body fished from the bay may be an old friend from Brooklyn. Has Foggy's old life traveled down the Eastern Seaboard? Now he's trying to deal with finding the kids' mom and figuring out what Brooklyn hit men are doing in town. DePoy is an Edgar winner, and the third entry in the Foggy series is a suitably quirky, moody, and often funny noirish exercise.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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