As you might (or might not) know, I spent several years of my adult life in Philadelphia before moving to where I live now. At this time of year (just about summertime in the Northern Hemisphere), a lot of people in that area look forward to going ‘down the shore.’ For them, ‘down the shore’ means the Jersey shore.
Of course, New Jersey isn’t all shoreline. It’s a varied sort of state, with large cities, rural areas like the Pine Barrens, suburban developments….and crime. At least, fictionally speaking. Anyone who’s seen the US TV show The Sopranos can tell you that. The New Jersey Mafia certainly figures in the genre (right, fans of Tonino Benacquista’s Badfellas?).
But New Jersey-based crime fiction is much more than Mob-related stories. Here are a few examples to show you what I mean. I know you’ll think of lots more than I could.
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