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The death of a bar owner takes Castle and Beckett back in time to the prohibition era.
When the body of a dockworker turned bar owner is found floating in the East River, Castle and Beckett's investigation takes them into the forgotten tunnels and passageways of turn-of-the-century New York, where they uncover a secret that's been buried since the days of Prohibition. The story celebrates New York bar culture, setting Castle on a quest to preserve history by buying a bar of his very own.
East River anglers 'catch' the fresh corpse of dockworker Donald 'Donny' Hayes (40ish), skull smashed with a bottle, but with older buck shot wounds. His identity was assumed by Grant Vyro, who has an alibi and paid $25,000 for Donny's union card, coming from the West Side. Donny recently withdrew the entire contents of his bank account in one check. He used the money to buy from real estate entrepreneur Wilbur Pittorino, alias mob ex-con Billy Pitt, his substitute father's legendary writers pub The Old Haunt, outbidding barman Brian Elliott. Its hidden basement office holds buck shot traces after the first of at least two violent rows with pipe-layer 'Pick-up Pete' Mucha. But also traces to prohibition era secrets and treasures.
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