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Central Park West

(2023)
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'The plot goes like a train . . . vivid and compelling' Ian Rankin

One chance to crack the case. A million ways to lose.

Federal prosecutor Nora Carleton has spent years building a case against a powerful New York mobster. She finally has a star witness whose testimony will lock the defendant away for good.

But the courtroom is an unpredictable place. While the killing of a disgraced former governor appears unconnected to the trial, the fallout from his death means a guilty verdict hangs in the balance.

Desperate to stop the mobster walking free, Nora investigates the darker side of the city to find out how everything connects. The more she uncovers, the deeper the corruption runs. And Nora knows better than most that the truth is a fragile thing – especially in court.

Drawing on James Comey's thirty years in federal law enforcement, Central Park West is a fast-paced thriller, bursting with tension and authenticity – perfect for fans of John Grisham.

Reviews for Central Park West

'A great read. Brimming with been-there-done-that authority... James Comey knows this world like the back of his hand. And he delivers it with the addictive style of an expert storyteller.'
Michael Connelly
'A masterful blend of legal thriller, police procedural and psychological drama.' Jeffery Deaver
'A gripping plot, and breathless pacing combine for a truly outstanding debut – one that announces a bold new talent in the mystery genre.'
Harlan Coben
'Truly outstanding . . . Grabs the reader from the opening scene and doesn't let go.'
Douglas Preston
'James Comey combines his insider knowledge of every level of the justice system with a natural storytelling voice to create a winning debut. More books, please.'
Alafair Burke
'Comey's experience as a New York City mob prosecutor brings plenty of credibility to this fast-paced legal drama.'
Reader's Digest
'I loved this novel... It's a smart and satisfying read that I could not recommend more highly.'
Nicolle Wallace

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"James Comey combines his insider knowledge of every level of the justice system with a natural storytelling voice to create a winning debut in Central Park West. More books, please." - Alafair Burke

"James Comey's intimate knowledge of law enforcement makes Central Park West a winning legal thriller, but the book is so much more than an insider's account. Memorable characters, a gripping plot, and breathless pacing combine for a truly outstanding debut-one that announces a bold new talent in the mystery genre." - Harlan Coben

"Central Park West is a great read. Brimming with been-there-done-that authority, it's clear James Comey knows this world like the back of his hand. And he delivers it with the addictive style of an expert storyteller." - Michael Connelly

"A nonstop thrill ride! Central Park West is a masterful blend of legal thriller, police procedural and psychological drama. And it's populated with some of the best heroes and most evil villains to come along in years. Bravo!" - Jeffery Deaver

"Central Park West is a truly outstanding debut novel, a sophisticated and engaging legal thriller that grabs the reader from the opening scene and doesn't let go until the surprising ending. In between the author weaves an intricate and stylish story with vivid characters, playing out in a brilliant New York setting. Comey knows exactly how things work at the FBI and DOJ, and Central Park West opens a door into a fascinating and complex world of tradecraft, criminal investigation, political corruption, legal wrangling, and murder. I loved this book-highly, highly recommended!" - Douglas Preston

"Hard to believe Central Park West is a first novel. It reeks of authenticity and the plot goes like a train. The courtroom scenes are tense and the cast of characters vivid and compelling. This is the sort of debut publishers dream of." - Ian Rankin

"I loved this novel. Could not put it down. Central Park West is a smart, nuanced legal thriller that truly delivers. It's a modern 'good guys vs the bad guys' story in which nearly all of the good 'guys' are actually strong, smart, steely women. It's a smart and satisfying read that I could not recommend more highly." - Nicolle Wallace


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