Au­thor weaves re­lated sto­ries in ‘Sun­rise High­way’

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“Sun­rise High­way” (Mino­taur), by Peter Blauner

Forty years ago on Long Is­land, a teenage boy helped mur­der a young girl and then lied about who did it, send­ing an in­no­cent black man to prison. Now, the killer is the chief of the largest po­lice force on the is­land.

De­tec­tive Lour­des Robles of the NYPD knows noth­ing of this when she ar­rives at the tip of Far Rock­away, at the east­ern edge of her ju­ris­dic­tion, re­spond­ing to a call about a young woman’s body that had washed up on the beach.

As Lour­des and her part­ner, the not en­tirely re­li­able Robert Bor­relli, in­ves­ti­gate, they hear about un­solved mur­ders of a few other girls who had been found out­side of the NYPD’s ju­ris­dic­tion on the is­land. As they con­tinue to dig, they learn about still more bodies that had been dis­carded along the is­land’s Sun­rise High­way for decades.

Has a se­rial killer been op­er­at­ing un­de­tected on Long Is­land for 40 years? Lour­des’ su­pe­ri­ors are skep­ti­cal, but she thinks she’s on to some­thing. And the more she thinks about it, she re­al­izes the killer couldn’t have avoided de­tec­tion this long with­out help in high places.

In “Sun­rise High­way,” Peter Blauner weaves two re­lated sto­ries: the decades-long story of the killer as he moves up the ranks of the po­lice depart­ment, putting in­flu­en­tial people in his debt along the way, and the months-long story of Lour­des’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion. In the cli­max, the two tales crash to­gether vi­o­lently.

The prose is eco­nom­i­cal and pre­cise, the set­ting well drawn and the char­ac­ters real enough to give you a chill the next time you cruise past a po­lice car.

Blauner, who has writ­ten ex­ten­sively for NBC’s “Law & Or­der” fran­chise and for CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” has pro­duced only seven pre­vi­ous nov­els since he helped set the stan­dard for de­but crime nov­els with “Slow Mo­tion Riot” in 1992. But all of them, in­clud­ing this one, have been worth wait­ing for. ___ Bruce DeSilva, win­ner of the Mys­tery Writ­ers of Amer­ica’s Edgar Award, is the au­thor of the Mul­li­gan crime nov­els in­clud­ing “The Dread Line.”

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