As New York basks in the finest Indian summer of the century, no one notices the feral teenagers in Central Park, or the new angry class of homeless living near the river. No one connects them to the dead Englishman in the swimming pool of the city's most exclusive apartment building, or to the second-generation Russian gangsters who are buying respectability on the Upper East Side. No one notices because everyone is at the party.|
Artie Cohen, quitting his contented new life as a low-risk private investigator, finds himself in London, where the plot uncoils with a series of murders, a heartbreaking encounter with his longtime girlfriend, Lily Hanes, and a meeting with a figure out of Artie's Russian past. "Perfidious Albion, anybody's for a price," Artie's father always said. But Artie finds London surprising, exciting, a city high on itself, the markets cranked up--a place ready to blow or sink when a millennial flood threatens to sweep it all away, and the rust on the windows in the riverside warehouses runs red in the rain.