The Big Fear


By: Andrew Case

ISBN: 9781503952225

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: 4/1/2016

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: 4 Stars


It’s August in New York, and the steaming garbage littering the streets isn’t the only thing that stinks.


Civilian investigator Leonard Mitchell can keep his job as the new head of the Department to Investigate Misconduct and Corruption only by successfully prosecuting veteran cop Ralph Mulino.


Mulino shot an armed man on a dark night; he didn’t know the man was a fellow cop. Now, to keep his badge and his freedom, he has to make his case to the investigator. But the gun Mulino saw in his victim’s hand has disappeared.


As Mitchell digs deeper into Mulino’s claim, it becomes clear that the “misconduct and corruption” infecting New York City go far beyond the actions of one allegedly dirty cop. Murder and sabotage force Mulino and Mitchell into an uneasy partnership to uncover the truth and protect the city they are both sworn to serve.   Assuming, of course, they can stay alive…


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Advance Praise  



"Finely tuned city backdrops and sharply realized psychological portraiture make this a standout among Serpico-type crime thrillers."
— Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)


“One of the most well researched and written procedural crime novels I've read in the past ten years. At times spooky, shocking, and always riveting, I finished The Big Fear wishing I'd written it.”
—Vincent Zandri, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Remains


“Gritty and hardnosed, The Big Fear is as authentically New York as a slice of pizza. Case’s characters know the streets. They talk the talk and walk the walk.”

—Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author ofWhere It Hurts


“Andrew Case conjures a gritty, authentic vision of modern day New York City that makes the conspiracy lurking at the heart of The Big Fear all the more chilling. A striking debut—this is an author to watch.”
—Matthew Fitzsimmons, author of The Short Drop




About the Author



Andrew Case is an award-winning playwright and novelist. His plays have been produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, New Theatre in Miami, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, and many more across the country. His work has been commissioned and developed by the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Atlantic Theatre, Primary Stages, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, and many more. He is a member of the Primary Stages Writers Group and PEN America Center, and a winner of the Samuel Goldwyn Award.

Additionally, he is an expert in civilian oversight of police misconduct. His scholarship on police oversight has been published in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and he has been quoted on police oversight and reform in the New York Times and many other media outlets.


Follow him at @AClaudeCase or visit his website at

He is married to the extraordinary dramaturg and professor Claudia Case (@TheatreHistory) and the father of two spirited children.  




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