Author: Tony Spinosa aka Reed Farrel Coleman
Published: February 15, 2006 by Bleak House Books
Series Name: Joe Serpe and Bob Healy
Category: Hard-boiled, Noir
Main Character: Joe Serpe, Bob Healy, George Healy, Frank Randazzo, Tim Hoskins, Marla Stein, Cain Cohen
Valentine's Day 2004. Joe Serpe is out delivering home heating oil when he receives a call to make an emergency delivery. That call and the subsequent brutal murder of a young retarded man who had worked with Joe, will transform his life. Former NYPD detective Joe Serpe's world has grown very small. Divorced, forced to leave the job in disgrace and to testify against his best friend and partner in open court, Joe is hurting. When his fireman brother dies on 9/11, it's the final straw. Bob Healy, former NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau Detective is retired for a short while when his wife passes away. Healy, lost and guilt ridden, wakes up on Valentine's Day 2004 and realizes the house is cold. Mary, his late wife, was always the one to call for oil deliveries, but... Now, Healy searches the Pennysaver for an oil company. He has no way of knowing that he's about to get a lot more than oil delivered to his house.