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Summary

An impressive debut mystery novel from Edgar Award-nominated author Brian Silverman

Len Buonfiglio is a former New York bar owner and family man who has disappeared to a small island in the Caribbean. When a genial tour guide, Rawle "Big Tree" Johns, is a suspect in an American woman's fall from a cliff, Johns' mother enlists Buonfiglio's help to free her son and prove his innocence. Conflicted by the need to spend time with his 16-year-old daughter who he hasn't seen in years, Mr. Len, as he's known on the island, reluctantly agrees to help. During his investigation, he discovers there are other, much more powerful forces involved in the woman's death that threaten both his life and his family.

Advance praise for Freedom Drop:

"What a thrill to find Mystery Tribune, one of the best magazines in the business, launching a novel-publishing arm, and launching it with Brian Silverman's Freedom Drop. Silverman had me at the Caribbean setting and held me with his fully human characters - of both good and bad natures - and their situation. Both the book and the publisher are welcome additions to the crime-writing world!" (SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author of The Art of Violence)

A mystery steeped in authentic Caribbean atmosphere. Silverman knows his territory, as does his hero, an ex-marine-turned-sleuth who discovers that, even in paradise, things aren't always what they seem." (Wallace Stroby, author of Heaven's a Lie and Some Die Nameless)

"A buddy book, a whodunit, and a family drama, Freedom Drop is mystery magic." (Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times best-selling author of What You Break)

"Brian Silverman's Freedom Drop is an exciting and welcome new addition to the crime writing pantheon " (S.A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland)

"An impressive debut... Silverman capably captures the feel of his setting en route to a satisfying conclusion. A sequel is warranted." (Publishers Weekly)

©2021 Brian Silverman (P)2021 Vibrance Press

Critic reviews

"Silverman’s impressive debut, has relocated to the Caribbean island of St. Pierre, where his reputation for helping those in trouble leads to his investigating a suspicious death. Deanna Gould, a travel writer, died from what was classified as an accidental fall off Freedom Drop, a historical site where some of the indigenous island inhabitants chose to leap to their deaths rather than be enslaved by Spanish colonizers. Months after the fatality, the case is reopened, and Rawle Johns, a tour guide, has been charged with Gould’s murder. Johns’ mother beseeches Buonfiglio to exonerate her son, and he agrees to examine the case. The circumstantial evidence against Johns includes DNA found on the dead woman. Buonfiglio learns that Gould was actually an investigative journalist for a news website, and the case gets more complex when Craig Frost, Gould’s colleague who revealed her real job to Buonfiglio, dies unexpectedly soon after their conversation. Silverman capably captures the feel of his setting en route to a satisfying conclusion. A sequel is warranted." (Publishers Weekly)

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