NIGHTFALL by Jerry Oster

First U.S. publication of this prize-winning mystery novel!

Jerry Oster is celebrated for creating memorable, vulnerable, quirky protagonists like Jake Neuman (Sweet Justice) and Joe Cullen (Internal Affairs). Now meet his most engaging, off-beat, reluctant hero yet, reporter Tom Gillette, in Oster's newest book, Nightfall, already a prize-winner in Germany for best International Crime Novel of the Year.

When a local business man takes a tumble from a roof, the question of "did he fall or was he pushed?" becomes all-consuming for Gillette, a movie buff with a nose for news, an eye for beautiful women, and an unerring instinct for trouble. Gillette's search for the truth entangles him with Sharon Douglas, whose apartment the business man was visiting at the time of the fatal fall, influential attorney and former D.A. Pete Costello, Sally Holt, an ambitious financial journalist on the way up, a homeless man named John Doe, the comely police sergeant Lee Monday, and a host of other intriguing, well-drawn characters. But, as Gillette untangles the motive behind the businessman's death and gets closer and closer to the killer's identity, what he discovers makes him wonder if he really wants to know the truth after all.

Find out why The Chicago Sun-Times hails Oster for his "colorful characters," Kirkus for his "hip … evocative … bravura dialogue," Women's Wear Daily for his "urbane, witty updates on the 'hard-boiled' detective novel," and Rex Reed for his "force, maturity … wisdom … and fresh insights."

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