Privileged Lives by Edward Stewart is the 1st novel in his Vince Cardozo Mysteries series of mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Open Road Media.
This was originally published in 1988 by Delacorte Press and was a bestseller at the time. Though the series is described as police procedural, I’ve actuallly read this one a long time ago, and would place it closer in tone to a Hollywood-style blockbuster sort of thriller with plenty of sensationalism and supposedly shocking sex content and not so much detective legwork.
The story involves an NYPD cop investigating a kinky-looking murder which may be tied to the recent awakening of a high society heiress from a years-long coma, with whom he finds himself getting too involved. Offered in the US only through June 2nd, available at multiple retailers.
In this classic thriller, bestselling author Edward Stewart weaves a complex tale of sex, money, and murder
In a private suite at a New York hospital, Beatrice “Babe” Vanderwalk Devens awakens from a seven-year coma. The socialite and fashion designer is stunned to learn that her husband, Scottie, was brought to trial twice—and acquitted—for her attempted murder.
Across town, the naked, mutilated body of a young man wearing a black leather bondage mask is found in an empty apartment in the Beaux Arts Tower, high atop the Museum of Modern Art. Seven miles away, off-duty NYPD lieutenant Vince Cardozo is relaxing on a Brooklyn beach with his twelve-year-old daughter when he gets the call.
Cardozo’s investigation into the savage murder of the Beaux Arts John Doe takes him into the exclusive lairs of Manhattan’s elite. Babe Devens is part of that world. When Cardozo uncovers a shocking connection between the two cases, it could topple more than just high society.
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