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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Spiegelman Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John March Mysteries Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9780736698450
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The stronghold of white-collar crime in the rarefied world of high finance—this is the setting for Peter Spiegelman's edgy, suspenseful, sharply-honed debut novel. 


At the center: John March, who walked away from his family’s venerable merchant bank for the life of a rural deputy sheriff—a life that would explode in personal tragedy and professional disaster. Three years later, he's back in Manhattan, working as a PI and running from his grief and the expectations of his wealthy family.

March takes the case of Rick Pierro, a self-made man who has everything—and who’s in danger of losing it all. An anonymous, poisonous threat has implicated him in a vast money-laundering scheme already under investigation by the feds.

March’s own investigation uncovers a blood-stained paper trail that leads him deep into the lives of both insiders and outcasts on the street. He discovers that his client may be the latest victim of a serial extortionist diabolically adept at psychological and physical intimidation, but the more March learns the more questions he has about Pierro, his wife, and the secrets hidden beneath the glossy surfaces of their lives. And the more he begins to fear that his own blood will be added to the trail before the case is closed.

With its headlong narrative, quick, incisive language, and brilliantly clarified details of finance–the legal and the illegal—Black Maps is a stunning first novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Spiegelman knows where the bodies are buried and he knows how to write. Impressive. Jonathan Kellerman
  • John March is one of the most intriguing new P.I.s to come along in quite some time. Publishers Weekly
  • A stunner... [It] keeps readers in the dark until the very last page. Suspenseful narrative, superb characters, and a prevailing atmosphere of Chandler-esque melancholy. . .to ask for more in a mystery would be criminal. Newsday
  • A first-rate thriller from a first-rate novelist. Rocky Mountain News
  • Spiegelman has a fine eye for the details of Manhattan corporate life . . . An important and facinating book. Chicago Tribune
  • Engrossing... from the first growls of its take-no-prisoners narrator, all the way to the vivid financial details that only an insider can deliver. Brad Meltzer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/23/2014

    " A well-paced thriller with solid background and an appealling protagonist, but a bit thin in the character development department. Still worth seeking the sequels, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/2/2014

    " Good pacing- and excitement, but the structure seems the same (down to the character roles) as the other March mysteries. Maybe that's the point of noir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/23/2013

    " This was so good I immediately bought and read the next one in the series. More thoughts generally about the books in that review... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Haskin | 12/13/2013

    " A very good entry into the "Noir" category, not only for attitude & back story of the lead character, but for atmosphere as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/4/2013

    " A little heavy on the banking talk, but it gave the writer some legitimate backing. Amusing how detailed he was on everyone's clothing and weight. Not a bad read, will check out his next book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy Madorsky | 11/29/2013

    " Interesting character and premise well paced but one too many times gets too unrealistic. How much abuse can one body take and still keep walking? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fatemah | 8/4/2013

    " it's all about WALL STREET..... if you are interested :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/12/2013

    " Not bad. Not fabulous at least in part because it was dealing with finance. Ugh. However, not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 10/30/2012

    " Good strong noir. Not the best as far as a who-dunnit goes, but enoyable main character and nice writing. Starting the second in the series today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 10/5/2012

    " Very well written. Loved the fast pace plus the main character was likable/believable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Mandly | 7/11/2012

    " this book would have been much better with some EDITING! 3 adjectives to describe a minor characters eyes is too much! descriptive overkill! I would have enjoyed this book much more without it! aside from that, not a bad read but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 2/16/2012

    " P.I. is the odd one of the family that runs to financial types (Banks & Wall Street). Interesting to have stories set in the world of Wall Street. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 2/14/2012

    " John March #1. pretty good, promising series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Hochmuth | 1/31/2012

    " Stopped 50 pages in. Convinced I read it before. Believe I liked it enough that I'm starting #2 in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/1/2011

    " A little heavy on the banking talk, but it gave the writer some legitimate backing. Amusing how detailed he was on everyone's clothing and weight. Not a bad read, will check out his next book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fatemah | 1/14/2011

    " it's all about WALL STREET..... if you are interested :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 9/4/2009

    " financial who dunit...John March, PI, financial/bank blackmailer...lots of data and detail and wall street type of info–maybe too much...may read another one by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 7/15/2008

    " Good pacing- and excitement, but the structure seems the same (down to the character roles) as the other March mysteries. Maybe that's the point of noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 1/24/2008

    " John March #1. pretty good, promising series. "

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About the Author
Author Peter SpiegelmanPETER SPIEGELMAN is the author of Black Maps, which won the 2004 Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel, Death’s Little Helpers, Red Cat, and Thick as Thieves. He lives in Connecticut.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.