Death at the Old Hotel
A Bartender Brian McNulty MysteryBartender Brian McNulty Mysteries (Volume 3)
Tensions are high and the dangers multiply as New York City bartender and man-about-the-mean-streets Brian McNulty---always a sucker for the plight of the little guy---joins forces with a motley crew of workers from the old Savoy Hotel.
McNulty has once more run afoul of the powers that be in the New York City hotel and restaurant industry and finds himself exiled to a down-at-the heels hotel in, for him, the far reaches of civilization---Manhattan, west of Eighth Avenue. Not long into his tenure, a vicious attack on one of his fellow bartenders raises the stakes and puts everyone on edge, and it doesn't take much for the hotel manager to provoke the outraged workers into a strike. Once they hit the bricks, all hell breaks loose, and it isn't long until the bodies start to fall.
The cops focus in on two of McNulty's pals, a renegade Irishman and a pretty, young waitress from Brooklyn, both with closets full of secrets and buckets full of problems of their own. McNulty thinks the cops, as usual, are barking up the wrong tree, but that's the least of his problems. The hits in this particular instance have angered the gods of gangsterland, and someone has determined that McNulty is a problem.
DEATH AT THE OLD HOTEL
"The fooker is spying on us," Barney said.
We were working the stick at the old Savoy Hotel, and the action at the bar was slowing after a busier than usual Thursday night dinner rush....
Praise for Death at the Old Hotel
"A fierce novel in the Irish sense...it may well prove to be the definitive Irish-American saga. A dark emerald, lit by old glory...a true masterpiece of slow burn." - Ken Bruen, author of the White Trilogy and The Guard
"The Brian who once was amiably feckless has become multi-faced and fully engaged in a world he never made, adding substance to a series that keeps getting better." - Kirkus Reviews
"Con Lehane’s mysteries about a genial Irish-American bartender named Brian McNulty are as cruelly charming as those Irish saloon storytellers who make sure you’re laughing before they flatten you with the sad stories of their lives." - The New York Times
"Lehane has come up with an intriguing premise, and he turns it into an engaging narrative, with a good mixture of wit and drama." - Booklist-