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The Man Who Never Returned

The Man Who Never Returned Peter Quinn

On the sultry evening of August 6, 1930, in the first summer of the Great Depression, Joseph Force Crater, recently apointed a justice of the New York State Supreme Court by Governor Franklin Roosevelt, bid two dinner companions good night and hailed a cab. Off he went into history, myth, and urban legend. Judge Crater's disappearance remains the most enduring, fascinating, unsolved mystery in the chronicles of Gotham.


"Peter Quinn just might make it into the history books himself. He is perfecting, if not actually creating, a genre you could call the history-mystery. The Man Who Never Returned is a dazzling story by a fine writer. Fintan Dunne is a memorably hero who you want to meet again & again."

- James Patterson

"This is the rarest of books, one that hooks you on the first page and doesn't unhook you on the last page - you wind up going over the whole story in your head for days, trying to figure out where history stops and fiction begins. Absolutely beguiling."

- Robert Littell

"The Man Who Never Returned is an utterly compelling story with a charismatic flawed protagonist in Fintan Dunne. Gripping from the first page to the last, Peter Quinn creates a unique and utterly believable world, part history, part fiction. He is an enviably wonderful writer."

- Gabriel Byrne

"Peter Quinn brings wit, panache and a deep knowledge of the Big Apple to his latest Fintan Dunne novel. The Man Who Never Returned is a taut thriller but also a meditation on life in the big city, where a well-connected municipal judge can disappear overnight and leave behind a mystery that transforms lives, confounds investigators, and - fortunately for lovers of detective fiction - provides Quinn with a fascinating plotline that fully utilizes his skills as a storyteller."

- T.J. English

"Freely mixing history, mystery, and novelistic license, Quinn offers a noir-ish tale of Tammany Hall politics, sex, crime, Broadway moguls, and cops, populated by more than a dozen interesting characters. Quinn's rich, insightful, evocative descriptions of New York, both in Crater's time and in 1955, will certainly please fans of historical crime novels."

- Booklist

"A novel that suggests a fictional resolution to a historical mystery. The disappearance of New York's Judge Joe Crater in 1930 sparked speculation for decades that has never completely dissipated. Quinn plainly knows the lay of the land through experience and research. This hybrid of mystery and history builds a compelling case."

- Kirkus Reviews