Gripping crime thrillers from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Intruder and Proving Ground—“Nobody writing suspense novels does it as well” (James Patterson).
Praised by everyone from Stephen King and James Patterson to Dennis Lehane and James Ellroy, New York Times–bestselling author Peter Blauner has proven himself a master of the crime thriller. In the three novels collected here—including Blauner’s Edgar Award–winning debut—the former journalist delivers breathtaking suspense alongside provocative questions of morality and ethics.
Slow Motion Riot: Blauner’s Edgar Award–winning first novel is “a thriller with a conscience” (Entertainment Weekly). That conscience belongs to probation officer Steven Baum, who still hopes to make a difference in a city plagued by drugs, murders, and corruption. But his newest charge is about to challenge him to his core. Darryl King is not just a small-time drug dealer—he’s a psychopathic cop-killer.
“Harrowing.” —The Washington Post
“Exceptionally well done.” —Andrew Vachss
Casino Moon: Blauner’s story of the son of an Atlantic City mobster is “a gritty novel with integrity and style” (James Patterson). Anthony Russo’s scheme for staying out of the family crime business is to manage a has-been boxer’s comeback. But it’s Russo who ultimately takes the fall, as he discovers it’s not so easy to escape the sins of his father.
“You could cut a lip on his dialogue.” —The New York Times
“This book has it all . . . Blauner is . . . brilliant.” —James Ellroy
Man of the Hour: When high school English teacher David Fitzgerald rescues a student after a terrorist bomb explosion on a school bus, he is lauded as a hero—until an ambitious reporter raises suspicions about Fitzgerald’s involvement and he finds himself hounded by the media and under investigation by the police.
“A remarkable achievement—I loved it and couldn’t put it down.” —Stephen King
“As impressive for its realism as for its suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

From New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award winner Peter Blauner comes a gritty new audiobook.

"Ari Fliakos gives a splendid performance. His versatile voice and energy enliven the many characters in this thriller." — Library Journal

"Ari Fliakos enhances an exciting story with his expert narration. He gives everyone a unique identity, differentiating them through varying tones, voices, and accents." — AudioFile Magazine

Nathaniel Dresden never really got along with his father, an infamous civil rights lawyer who defended criminals and spearheaded protest movements. As an act of rebellion, Natty joined the U.S. Army and served in Iraq, coming back with a chest full of commendations and a head full of disturbing memories.

But when his father is found murdered near the peaceful confines of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Natty is forced to deal with the troubled legacy of their unresolved relationship. He also has to fend off the growing suspicions of NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles, a brash Latina cop with something to prove, who thinks Natty might bear some responsibility for his father’s death. Though truth be told, the list of people—cops and criminals—who wanted David Dresden out of the way is long. The search for answers leads Natty and Lourdes into an urban labyrinth where they must confront each other—and the brutal truths that could destroy them both.

Proving Ground is Peter Blauner’s first audiobook in more than a decade. It is at once a sweeping crime narrative, an intricate story about the quest for redemption, and a vibrant portrait of contemporary New York City, all told in Blauner’s singular voice.

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