forgotten-cityBest Detective in New York City

“I really hate that man.” Claire sat up in bed and shut off the alarm. Her fist was vibrating, and it was only six thirty a.m. “You don’t want to know what I’d like to do to him.”

“Oh, I think I can guess,” I told her.

“I was the detective on call last night, Haggerty.” She stabbed her index finger at the phone. “I should have caught that case.”

“I know.”

“McGowan hasn’t let me catch a case in three months—not since Hector Sanchez. He’s got me chained to a desk doing paperwork. How can he get away with that? He would never do that to another detective.”

“I know, but you threaten him, Claire. And let’s face it. He’s got a big problem with women.”

“Yeah, unless he’s checking them out across a conference room.” Claire whipped back the comforter. “I bet he wishes the cancer killed me.”

“Look, he’s not all that smart. He only got where he is because his uncle’s a captain. He’s bound to screw up soon. Wait him out. They’ll end up shipping him off to some precinct way out in Queens, and you won’t have to see him anymore. Just be patient.”

“Easy for you to say.” She climbed out of bed and I watched her leave the room. Oh my God, it’s hard to be in love with the best detective in New York City. But I’ve been in love with her since the day nine years ago when she walked into the detective’s squad room at the 171st, looked at me with her ice blue eyes, and asked me, “Which of these desks is mine?”

I remember how I patted the metal desk right next to me. “This one’s free—if you want to sit by your new partner.”

She shut me down with a cool, “Thanks,” and I got the message. She wasn’t about to put up with any sexual innuendo. “Where you from, Codella?” I asked in a neutral voice.

“Cranston, Rhode Island.”

“Cranston, huh? Aren’t you supposed to pronounce that Craaaaanston?”

“Not bad.” She smiled. “But it needs to be a little more nasal.” She booted up her computer.

“Brian Haggerty,” I volunteered. “From Staten Island.”

“The borough nobody wants?”

“Hey, we don’t get to choose where we’re born, now do we?”

“No,” she said, “I don’t suppose we do.”

Now I got out of bed and followed Claire into the kitchen. I made us some tea. I put two English muffins in the toaster, went to the front door, and got the paper. When I came back she said, “If he’s not going to let me catch a case, I’ll go out and find my own.”

Forgotten City is the second book in the Claire Codella mystery series, published by Crooked Lane Books, December 2016.

NYPD Detective Claire Codella is hungry for a new case. Lieutenant McGowan is determined to keep her out of the news, but she is about to be back in the public eye in a big way.

At fifty-six, Broadway legend Lucy Merchant has early onset Alzheimer’s and is tucked away in the ultra-exclusive Manhattan care facility Park Manor. When she falls asleep and doesn’t wake up, her billionaire husband is ready for the funeral, but her daughter demands an investigation.

Codella finds herself at the center of a high-profile case nearly everyone wants to shut down. But the forensic evidence raises alarming questions, and Codella needs answers. To find them, she will have to crack the defenses of slippery administrators, frightened caregivers, and unobliging family members, all while unlocking some of her own dark memories.

Forgotten City, Carrie Smith’s gripping procedural, pits the unrelenting detective against a cast of diverse New Yorkers driven by their desires and ambitions and haunted by their pasts. Can she piece together the truth before the murderer kills again?

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About the author
Carrie Smith is the author of Silent City, the first Detective Claire Codella mystery, and the sequel, Forgotten City (Crooked Lane Books, December 2016). Carrie is also the author of a literary novel, Forget Harry. She is the recipient of three Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan and a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Carrie is also senior vice president and publisher of Benchmark Education Company, a literacy publisher. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Visit Carrie at online at, on Facebook at authorCarrieSmith, and on Twitter at @carriesmithnyc.

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