A twenty-nine-year-old Italian immigrant, Tony Farrell has all the trappings of success: custom threads, an imported roadster, an apartment in an elegant duplex on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and a devoted girlfriend and business partner, Liz, who thinks she's nabbed her own Al Pacino. On the downside, their little First Avenue bistro, Anthony's, is in the red . . . until Tony agrees to pay his debts to a Mob loan shark the only way he can – turning his beloved restaurant into a hot spot for the drug trade. It's a move that will lead to Tony's undoing. Busted by undercover cops, Tony's only hope is to become an informant for an FBI task force. The plan is to help them catch a powerful Haitian drug lord known as the Giant, who's importing raw coke from South America via American cruise lines. But this fresh new nightmare won't consume just Tony; it's about to trap everyone he knows – lovers and enemies. And making it out alive isn't going to be easy because, when the world gets this dark, it's impossible to know who to trust or where to run. Edward Keyes's true-crime book The Michigan Murders was named an Edgar Award finalist. In Double Dare, he presents the gripping tale of a man caught between the Mafia and law enforcement in a novel praised by Robin Moore, author of The French Connection, as "the most suspenseful, fast-moving police story of its genre [he's] ever read."
Edward M. Keyes (1927–2002) was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He graduated from Fordham University, where he wrote for the newspaper and was a lefty pitcher for the baseball team. He continued writing for more than forty years, first as a newspaper reporter, columnist, and editor for small-town New York dailies, and later as a staff writer for such magazines as Look and Quick. His articles appeared in Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, True, American Weekly, Inc. Magazine, and TV Guide, among others, and he cowrote a syndicated newspaper column with famed trial lawyer Melvin Belli. In 1956 Keyes coauthored, with Al Schact (the Clown Prince of Baseball), My Own Particular Screwball, and in 1969, he collaborated with author Robin Moore on the bestselling thriller The French Connection, which was adapted into an Academy Award–winning film of the same name. He is the author of the Edgar Award–nominated and New York Times–bestselling true crime book The Michigan Murders; Double Dare, a suspense thriller set in New York City based on the true story of an undercover police informant; and Cocoanut Grove, a spellbinding, minute-by-minute account of the fire that destroyed Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub in November 1942. Keyes and his wife and partner, Eileen Walsh Keyes, raised seven children in New Rochelle, New York. He spent his final years retired in San Diego, California.
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