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A Cure for Night

A Cure for Night

A novel by

Edgar Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
In Brooklyn's criminal courts, justice often depends on who has the better story to tell.

'That's what the criminal law is: it's how the day tries to correct the night's mistakes. Most of my cases, people have done something they never would've dreamed of doing in broad daylight.'
'What does that make us?' I said. 'The night's janitors?'
'We're absolutely that,' Myra said, sipping her cosmo. 'What else do we do but clean up after it? That's why we'll never run out of work. Not unless someone invents a cure for night.

After a drug-related scandal ejects Joel Deveraux from his job at a white-shoe law firm, he slides down the corporate ladder to the Public Defenders' office in Brooklyn, where he defends the innocent and the guilty alike, a cog in the great clanking machine that is the New York City justice system. When his boss offers him the second chair to the savvy Myra Goldstein in a high-profile murder case, he eagerly takes it. The defendant is Lorenzo Tate, a black pot dealer from the projects who is charged with the murder of a white college student in a street shooting; and the tabloids have sunk their teeth into the racially tinged trial.

In this twisty and overwhelmingly authentic journey through the real Brooklyn, Justin Peacock paints a portrait of the law as a form of combat where the best story wins - but who's telling the truth and who's lying are matters of interpretation. And of life and death.

This compelling debut novel announces Justin Peacock as a writer who enters the territory of Richard Price and Scott Turow with a fresh new take on urban crime and punishment.

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Hardback Editions

January 2009 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Cure for Night (Thorndike Thrillers)
Author(s): Justin Peacock
ISBN: 1-4104-1235-0 / 978-1-4104-1235-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 2008 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Cure for Night: A Novel
Author(s): Justin Peacock
ISBN: 0-385-52580-X / 978-0-385-52580-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

October 2009 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Cure for Night: A Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Author(s): Justin Peacock
ISBN: 0-7679-2941-1 / 978-0-7679-2941-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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Audio Editions

2008 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: A Cure for Night
Author(s): Justin Peacock
ISBN: 1-4361-5087-6 / 978-1-4361-5087-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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Kindle Editions

August 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Cure for Night: A Novel
Author(s): Justin Peacock
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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