The Violet HourPaperback - 2009
In Daniel Judson's powerful thriller, Bridgehampton mechanic Caleb Rakowski gets paid under the table at his friend Eric Carver's auto repair shop and lives in an apartment above it. He's good at his job and he's making a decent living, but right now he's sheltering a pregnant friend who'll do anything to keep her abusive husband away from her. Cal has sworn to protect her. Little does he know, though, the trouble destined to come down over the course of three days--Mischief Night, Halloween, and the Day of the Dead--when he learns the truth about his friend and boss Eric Carver and what he's been hiding all these years.
Daniel Judson is a craftsman of modern noir, an incredible talent in the vein of Ellroy or Chandler. Like his previous novels, The Violet Hour is tightly drawn, hauntingly atmospheric, and completely searing.