Smart and fast-paced, this detective game of cat and mouse features Charles Salzberg’s smooth talking investigator Charlie Floyd in a romp that could aptly be called “catch me if you can.” Floyd, a recently retired investigator, can’t resist getting in on the action when his good friend Manny Perez, a Cuban-born Miami police detective, shows up on the tail of master thief Francis Hoyt.
The elusive burglar boasts a discriminating taste in fine silver and women and a penchant for breaking into the upper floors of upscale homes — hence his nickname and the book’s title. Salzberg is a master of hard-guy patter, and in this innovative crime novel his three principals — Floyd, Perez, and Hoyt –narrate alternate chapters that pull the story forward. Once Hoyt realizes the two lawmen are on his tail, he rises to the challenge and leaves tantalizing clues designed to taunt and mislead his adversaries. Hoyt is clever and audacious, willing to stop at nothing, not even murder. But Floyd and Perez are clever and quick and stay hot on their target’s tail.
Second Story Man details a deadly clash of egos and cunning and leaves the reader asking: Are two sharp minds better than one?
Salzberg is the author of the Henry Swann detective series including Swann’s Last Song which was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and of Devil in the Hole which was named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. He lives in New York and is a founding member of the New York Writers Workshop.