Tuesday, 14 July 2015

2 BY DAVID CRAY

2 from David Cray this week, only David Cray is a nom-de-plume and the actual author is Stephen Solomita.

Stephen Solomita is a favourite of mine, though admittedly there’s more books still to be read than have actually been enjoyed thus far – but all that means is that there’s plenty to look forward to.














As Solomita he has featured on the blog a couple of times – a “2 by” post, a review of The Striver and a Q+A session which for the most part was Stephen entertaining us with life on the mean streets of LA as a cab driver.



There have been a total of 6 books published as David Cray between 1995 and 2004. None of these are flagged as series books on the author’s page at Fantastic Fiction, but I think they have one or more recurring characters in a few of them.  





David Cray  Stephen Solomita has a website here.  







What You Wish For (2002)

David Cray staked out his gritty, darkly realistic territory in the field of crime fiction with the gripping police procedural Little Girl Blue. In it, he also introduced the tough-minded NYPD lieutenant Julia Brennan and disaffected undercover cop Peter Foley." "Now a captain and commanding officer of the district attorney's Sex Crimes Unit, Brennan is single-mindedly investigating the homicide of Adeline Rose, an elderly widow and heartless stepmother who has been found murdered in the third-floor sitting room of her Manhattan townhouse. So engrossed does Julia become in cracking a case with several likely suspects, one motive (money), and no alibis, that she barely notices Peter Foley's failure to return her phone calls. By no mere slip of the mind, on Foley's part. For he has discovered that his daughter, Patti, kidnapped more than five years before, is still alive. Prepared to do anything on either side of the law to get Patti back, Foley has intentionally been avoiding Julia, so as not to compromise her by-the-book procedural scruples. Julia, though, soon proves to be Foley's fiercest ally. Flouting the risks to her very public career, in an increasingly more hazardous and only marginally legal pursuit through the seedy precincts of the city's child pornography industry, she joins Foley in his desperate search for his eleven-year-old daughter. With stakes so high, no rules hold.

Partners (2003)


On July 8 Jorge "Finito" Rakowski is released from the Otus Bantam Correctional Center on Rikers Island, where he has served ninety days for Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree; he's a thief. Nine months, thirteen victims, and several Latino aliases later, the handsome, sandy-haired Finito, whose magnetism only begins in his penetrating green eyes, has with deadly invention raised his criminal stakes. He has become a serial killer. In this gripping, new police procedural, the enthusiastically reviewed David Cray again lays bare the ambitions and betrayals among New York City's police detectives at the same time that he explores the darker side of the criminal mind. For NYPD's Belinda Moore-confident, cool, professional, black-and her dogged, promotion-hungry partner, Pudge Pedersson, find themselves not only baffled as to the identity of the notorious, slippery, and increasingly desperate Break-In Killer, but also battling, and defying, their superiors in the police bureaucracy. More and more, Belinda and Pedersson realize they can't crack the case and play by the book. What they don't realize is where the case-and a perp who's on to them-is dangerously, maybe even fatally, taking them.

16 comments:

  1. I always give credit to an author who can succeed using not just one, but two, author personas. And the focus these two have on police politics is interesting.The protagonists sound solid, too. I'll be keen to know what you think of these, Col.

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    1. Margot, he does appear to have more than one string to his bow. I hope I enjoy these as much as his other books!

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  2. I remember the author picture and the Q and A. Will watch out for your reviews....

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    1. Moira, don't hold your breath dear - it might be a while!

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  3. Thanks, Col – Sounds like two good books.

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    1. Elgin, you're welcome. I hope you get the chance to try his work.

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  4. I remember reading David Cray - years ago. I own those same two books. What I don't get is that on the flaps of his books, his publisher says he's a bestselling author writing under a pen name and I see you revealed his real name. The kicker is....I've never heard of him. No biggie. I thought his book was pretty good. Forgot the title.

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    1. Keishon, that's quite interesting. There are plenty of authors that are fairly familiar to me, but not household names. I wouldn't have maybe given the DAVID CRAY books a second glance, if I hadn't known they were by Stephen Solomita - I have enjoyed a couple of his in the past. You enjoyed the book which is the main thing I guess! :)

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  5. Col, I recall your interview with Stephen Solomita though, I confess, I haven't got around to reading his novels.

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    1. Prashant - no problem. I'm no further on myself with his back catalogue than you are!

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  6. Like Keishon, I'm more familiar with the name David Cray than I am with that of Stephen Solomita, although I do recall your interview with the latter. I can't swear to it but I'm pretty certain I read What You Wish For back in the day -- the description rings a hell of a bell, which is more than can be said for most books I read a decade ago!

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    1. John, I'll probably go for What You Wish For first, I have a tendency to read authors in order of date published where I can. If you can recall snippets from 10 years or so - that sounds promising!

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  7. These do sound interesting. Maybe I will try them someday.

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    1. Maybe the famous book sale might give you the opportunity to investigate them further, before committing! It's not long now...

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    2. Good point, Col, I will write them (the two author names) down and watch out for them. No, it is not long from now and I am already excited about it.

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