Hard-boiled Valentine

The Man Who Never Returned
Peter Quinn
The Overlook Press, $24.95, 333 pp.

Not very many pages into Peter Quinn’s latest mystery I began to fantasize about who might play its flawed hero, Fintan Dunne, in the movie version. Alas, William Powell is dead, and no other names came to mind. The book is a real thriller, a nicely hard-boiled valentine to New York City that would make a great movie. Quinn uses his gifts as a historian and novelist to explore the unsolved disappearance of Judge Joseph Crater in August 1930, a mystery that haunted America during the Great...

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Lauretta O’Connor, Commonweal's former office manager, lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.