Two men have been hanged from the Shinnecock Bridge, their hands severed. Now Jake “Payday” Bechet knows that trouble is coming—for him, and for everyone in this otherwise idyllic Hamptons community…
Murder in Bechet’s town can only mean one thing: Someone has betrayed the Castello crime family. Whether it’s someone trying to move in on their operation or the cops making their own statement, he cannot say. All he knows is that he wants no part of it. Years ago, Bechet walked away from the Castellos with enough inside information to hold over their heads. To keep safe—and stay alive—he went underground. But today, the crime boss himself know just where to find him.
Jorge Castello makes Bechet an offer he can not refuse: If he can just do this one “favor” for the family, Bechet’s betrayal will be forgiven. Now, all Bechet must do is keep his friends close and his enemies closer as he tries to solve the Shinnecock Bridge murder case—before the end of twenty-four hours. Or else all bets are off…
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He couldn’t shake the feeling that he had forgotten something, and not long after walking through his door he narrowed it down to whether or not he had turned off the quartz heater he used to keep warm as he worked. It would have been easy, as beat as he was after a long day of gutting the restaurant’s bathrooms to get at a plumbing problem, for such a thing to have slipped his mind. Grueling work, tearing out perfectly good dry wall to get at pipe, more so because he had to do it alone, couldn’t afford to hire help.
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“Deep, primal, compelling.”—Chicago Tribune
“Intense …a gripping thriller perfect for a stormy night’s entertainment.”—Publishers Weekly
“The suspense builds relentlessly.”—Library Journal
Daniel Judson’s three novels, including The Darkest Place, have all garnered Shamus Award nominations, and one Shamus prize. He attended Southhampton College, and his time in the Hamptons (particularly the parts you don’t find in the society pages) was the inspiration for the setting and characters in The Water’s Edge. He now lives in Connecticut.