John March walked away from his family's merchant bank for the life of a rural deputy sheriff-a life that would explode in personal tragedy and professional disaster. Three years later, March is back in New York City, working as a private investigator and still running from his grief and guilt. When he takes the case of Rick Pierro, a wealthy investment banker threatened by blackmail, March is swiftly drawn into a web of Wall Street insiders and outcasts, and back to a world he thought he'd left behind. The more he learns about Pierro's connections to a notorious international bank that made billions in blood-money, the darker the terrain becomes. Soon March's own life is in danger, as he follows a trail of blood and shattered lives to a ruthless and depraved extortionist.In this thrilling and intelligent debut, Peter Spiegelman illuminates the dark underside of the financial world and introduces one of the most compelling fictional detectives of the new millennium.From the Trade Paperback edition.arch learns the more questions he has about Pierro, his wife, and the secrets hidden beneath the glossy surfaces of their lives. And the more he begins to fear that his own blood will be added to the trail before the case is closed.With its headlong narrative, quick, incisive language, and brilliantly clarified details of finance-the legal and the illegal-Black Maps is a stunning first novel.From the Hardcover edition.
- 2001 Peter Spiegelman
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