Irene Marcuse has claimed
the "upper left side" of Manhattan, the vital and exciting part of New
York's Upper West Side that borders on Harlem, as her turf in a series that
explores life among the city's disenfranchised without cloying sentimentalism or
platitudes. At the same time, Marcuse has created a sleuth who is
psychologically complex rather than a predictable instrument of discovery.
Brought together, these elements have made the Anita Servi series a must-read
for crime fiction fans of all tastes.