Welcome to the website of Peter Blauner, New York Times bestselling novelist, TV writer, and Edgar® award winner.
"Excellent.... an action-packed and plot twist-laden thriller.... this is a page-turner of the highest order."
—Publishers Weekly (Starred)
"Blauner excels with strong, realistic characters, believable police work, and smart, propulsive dialogue. A highly readable and unnervingly close-to-home view of power in the service of evil."
—Kirkus Reviews (Starred)
In the summer of Star Wars and Son of Sam, a Long Island schoolgirl is found gruesomely murdered. A local prosecutor turns a troubled teenager known as JT from a suspect to a star witness in the case, putting away a high school football star who claimed to be innocent. Forty years later, JT has risen to chief of police, but there's a trail of a dozen dead women that reaches from Brooklyn across Long Island, along the Sunrise Highway, and it's possible that his actions actually enabled a killer.
That's when Lourdes Robles, a relentless young Latina detective for the NYPD, steps in...
"Exceptional...Blauner's characters are complex and his prose is as impressive as his plot. His gritty portrayal of urban crime recalls the work of Richard Price and Dennis Lehane..."
—New York Times
"A great thriller...I just kept turning the pages."
—Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition
Peter's latest book, Proving Ground, is a modern-day Hamlet story that takes place in Brooklyn. When a famously controversial criminal defense attorney is found dead near a park, his troubled war veteran son Nathaniel "Natty Dread" Dresden sets out to avenge his death. But the course of justice is twisting and destructive, and an ambitious young Latina detective named Lourdes Robles stands in his way. And while there's a saying that when you embark on a journey of revenge dig two graves—one for your enemy, and one for yourself—this time two might not be sufficient.
His books, previously published in hardcover and paperback, are also available in digital editions. They are available from Amazon, BN.com, Apple's iBookstore, and most other online retailers.