The Long Fall

The Long Fall

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His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It’s a name that takes a little explaining, but he’s used to it. “Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man’s family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see aboveground is only a hint at the real story.”

Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill’s an old-school P.I. working a city that’s gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by—keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side—mostly because he’s never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, “decided to go from crooked to slightly bent.”

New York City in the twenty-first century is a city full of secrets—and still a place that reacts when you know where to poke and which string to pull. That’s exactly the kind of thing Leonid McGill knows how to do. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be constantly tested.

And we learn that with this protagonist, this city, this time, Mosley has tapped a rich new vein that’s inspiring his best work since the classic Devil in a Blue Dress.

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Baker & Taylor
Getting by as an old-school private investigator in spite of Manhattan's increasingly sophisticated culture, Leonid McGill finds his commitment to living a straight-and-narrow life repeatedly tested when he attempts to obtain information for a high-paying client.

Blackwell North Amer
Leonid McGill, Private Investigator. Being a black man with a funny name isn't quite the same burden it once was. Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors - Leonid McGill's an old-school P.I. working a twenty-first-century Manhattan that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck, no questions asked. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, "decided to go from crooked to slightly bent."
The world in which McGill plies his trade is the city behind the city - the old-time mobsters clinging to their last bits of power, the hidden fixers who play city politics like a puppet show, the livery driver, who's really a fearsone hit man, and the computer tech who's tapped into everyone's information all the time, the corrupt cops, over-leveraged landlords, compromised bankers, and doormen-on-the-take who negotiations really make the town operate. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, it's clear that his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be a tricky proposition.

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Getting by as an old-school private investigator in spite of Manhattan's increasingly sophisticated culture, Leonid McGill finds his commitment to living a straight-and-narrow life repeatedly tested when he attempts to obtain seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client.
Leonid McGill, a New York City private detective, tries to put his past life behind him, to go "from crooked to slightly bent." But it's not that easy when someone like Tony "The Suit" Towers expects you to do a job; when an Albany PI hires you to track down four men known only by their youthful street names; and when your 16-year-old son, Twill, is getting in over his head with a suicidal girl.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781594488580
Branch Call Number: FIC Mosle
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 24 cm

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