Potter’s Field

Named one of the best mysteries of the summer by the Star Tribune

Amateur private investigator Ash McKenna is home. After more than a year on the road he’s ready to face the demons he ran away from in New York City. And he’s decided what he wants to do with his life: Become a private investigator, for real. Licensed and everything. No more working as a thug for hire. But within moments of stepping off the plane, Ginny Tonic, the drag queen crime lord who once employed him—and then tried to have him killed—asks to see him.

One of her newest drag queen soldiers has gone missing, and Ginny suspects she’s been ensnared by the burgeoning heroin scene on Staten Island. Ginny wants Ash to find her. Because he’s the best, and because he knows Staten Island, his home borough. Ash is hesitant—but Ginny’s offer of $10,000 is enough to get him on his feet. And the thought of a lost kid and a bereft family is too much for him to bear.

He accepts, and quickly learns there’s something much bigger at play. Some very dangerous people are vying for control of the heroin trade on Staten Island, which is recording the highest rate of overdose deaths in the city. As Ash navigates deadly terrain, he find his most dangerous adversary might be his own past. Because those demons he ran away from have been waiting for him to come back.

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“Hart has a fine command of wiseguy comments, a modern take on the noir crime idiom, and enough vulnerability in his protagonist to make the reader sorry to see the last of Ash.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is an unusual and quite affecting crime novel… and we agree with a fellow PI who describes our hero as ‘a good kid trying to do the right thing’.” —Booklist

“While it’s sad to see Ash McKenna go, Rob Hart sends him off with a bang… Potter’s Field is a gripping thriller that wraps up one of the genre’s most underrated series.” —The Real Book Spy

“Ash has a wicked wit and a brutal com­passion.” —Star Tribune

“(A) fast-paced, adventure-packed read… Hart knows his Staten Island setting well and makes strong use of it.” —Library Journal

“Hart’s newest is a distinctly New York crime novel and doesn’t flinch at taking on one of the city’s most pressing issues of the day: the spread of opioids and the rise in overdose deaths.” —CrimeReads