"Many years from now when your children ask what New York City was like just after 9/11, this will be the book you give them in response. It’s an exquisite novel full of heart, soul, passion and intelligence, and it’s the one this great New York author was born to write."
"The best contemporary novels create context for shared experiences that somehow remain unfathomable. Full of surprises from page one, ABSENT FRIENDS is one of those–S.J. Rozan has written an ambitious, solemn, and ultimately hopeful book that shouldn’t be missed."
"S.J. Rozan is, hands-down, one of my favorite crime writers working today. To read her is to experience the kind of pure pleasure that only a master can deliver."
"Rozan has you looking over your shoulder into the dark."
"S.J. Rozan has written the most consistently compelling series of traditional detective novels published in this decade. Now is the time to discover what Rozan’s loyal readership has known all along."
"Okay, listen up: This woman can write!"
"A riveting offering reminiscent of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River … unforgettable."
—Booklist, starred review
"Be grateful to S.J. Rozan … a gut-wrenching, beautifully and carefully written saga about life and about death, and about the heartache and the joy and the hope and the despair that occur in the time that passes between one and the other."
"Rozan is a wonderful and insightful writer, and she creates an intricate, intimate portrait of a group of 40-something New Yorkers coping with a city in ruins."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"ABSENT FRIENDS is a meditation on love, loss and enduring friendships as filtered through the shattering aftermath of 9/11. … Without question one of the year’s standout novels."
"Absent Friends is a look at the nature of heroes, friendship, truth and self-knowledge….. The final chapter is richly heartbreaking and awe-inspiring."
—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"Rozan, who has won all the crime-genre awards for her Bill Smith/Lydia Chin detective titles, breaks away from that series with a novel that could stand proudly beside those of the masters, Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos."–The New York Daily News
"The story revolves around four boys and three girls — their childhoods, myriad backgrounds and families — and the men and women they become…. Rozan delivers a rich, sophisticated view of New Yorkers whose lives, like so many others, were so vastly changed on that September morning."
—The Newport News Daily Press
"Add S.J. Rozan to the list of artists and writers addressing the legacy of 9/11. Her ambitious ABSENT FRIENDS uses that event as the backdrop for a heartbreaking story about secrets, loyalty and our primal need for heroes."
From the Hardcover edition.