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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE KILLING COLLECTIVE : A NEW YORK CITY                                   TOUR GUIDE

The Killing Collective takes the reader on a tour of New York City as well as the characters, most notably Stanford Carter and his wife, Jill Seacrest who trade Boston for the Big Apple to take jobs as F.B.I. agents. Additionally, new agent Shania Deeprose, a native of Alabama, also comes to the city like a fish out of water. But it’s all about adapting and enjoying the ride as the characters will find out. I am certain if New York City were a conscious entity, it would care less about adapting and fitting in. Lol.

 I also feel that N.Y.C is a character in itself and it provides a terrific backdrop for the novel whether you are with the agents on a ride-along or with the killers doing the nasty deeds.

So, first off, how about a bite? F.B.I. Assistant Director William Fischetti can’t get enough of his carb fix here…


831 Third Avenue

New York, NY  10022


Hand rolled bagels, voted the best bagels in NYC.  Certified kosher. 

“Essen” is German and Yiddish for “eat” or “Eating”. 

“Delicatessen” is a German loanword which first appeared in English in 1889 and is the plural of Delikatesse. In German it was originally a French loanword, délicatesse, meaning "delicious things (to eat)". Its root word is the Latin adjective delicatus, meaning "giving pleasure, delightful, pleasing". 

Then, I guess you’ll need something to wash that bagel down. The killers in this book find one of their victims here…

Pig 'n' Whistle on Third

Top of Form
Bottom of Form
922 Third Avenue (near 55th Street)  
New York, NY 10022

The name Pig ‘n’ Whistle derives from “Piggin” and “Wassail,” a medieval lead cup and the spiced wine that went in it, but it’s beef and beer that predominate at these midtown pubs.

Sometimes agents Jill Seacrest and Shania Deeprose like to blow off a little steam, drinking some firewater and dancing to some classic jazz….

Jazz Standard Meyer

116 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

One of NYC’s largest jazz clubs, featuring new & established musicians.

If all that music made you hungry again, how about a slice here…

Ben’s Pizzeria

123 MacDougal Street

New York, NY 10012

Open until 5 am ·               

Hot slices & people-watching at a counter with late-night hours near Washington Square Park.

If you’re up for some entertainment, how about a stroll through a museum? This is one of the first crime scenes of the novel.


99 Margaret Corbin Drive

New York, NY 10040

Architectural styles: Romanesque and Medieval

The Cloisters is a museum in Upper Manhattan, New York City specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, and is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Now for the scary part. How about a drive along Admiral’s Row? Hint: the big finale for the novel takes place here.

Admirals’ Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

16 Flushing Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Admirals Row was a street lined with 19th century manor houses built in the architectural style known as “Second French Empire” at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  It was used as naval officers' housing for over a century before being abandoned in the 1970s.  Once enticingly visible from the street, they were demolished to build a supermarket and parking lot in early 21st century America. Nature was increasingly unkind to those 19th century buildings. Prior to their demise, however, they remained in the same splendorous state of utter dishevelment that previously transfixed the neighborhood and lured in curious visitors. During an exploration in 2008, the houses were found to be wide open to the elements, but with interior details intact, including chandeliers, wallpaper, plasterwork, bathrooms, and kitchens. The relentless pressures of winter snow and falling trees crushed many of these features into rubble, and in 2009, heavy summer rains caused the collapse of Quarters C, the second oldest building on the row. The encircling forest rose far above the buildings, all of which had lost roofs, floors, walls, and windows. The 11 residential buildings on the Admiral's Row campus became completely overgrown by ivy and trees. The front steps of Quarters K and L were almost unrecognizable.  Peeling paint, floors with holes, and crooked doorways were some of the lesser problems found inside the houses. Feral cats, birds, and other wildlife made them their home.  On the buildings' upper levels, entire rooms went missing over the years, though the exteriors of the buildings remained intact.  Snow, rain, and falling tree limbs caused walls and windows to cave in. Vines and soil entered the premises, blurring the boundary between interior and exterior, nature and fabrication.  (Revisiting Brooklyn's Abandoned Admiral's Row Before It's Gone, Curbed New York, by Nathan Kensinger, June 11, 2015).

There you have it! More places and details can be found as extras whether you purchase the kindle or the paperback version of The Killing Collective: A Stanford Carter Murder Mystery/Thriller. Please see links below: