Sweet Sunday by John Lawton
Turner Raines is not a typical New York private eye, but he is a good listener. Among the things he has been are a broken Civil Rights worker, a second-rate lawyer, and a tenth-rate journalist. But as a detective, he's found his niche. In the summer of 1969 the USA is about to land a man on the moon, and the Vietnam War is set to continue to rip the country to pieces. If your kid dodges the draft, hooks up with a hippie commune, or makes a dash for Canada, Turner Raines is the man to find him. He won't drag him back, that's not the deal, but he will put you in touch with your loved one.
That turbulent May of 1969, Raines leaves the city, chasing a draft-dodging punk all the way to Toronto. Nothing goes as planned. By the time Raines gets back to New York, his oldest friend is dead, and the city has changed for ever. He finds himself blasted back to the Texas of his childhood, confronted anew with the unresolved issues of his divided family, and blown into the path of certain people who know about secret goings-on in Vietnam, stories they may now be willing to tell. Lucky for Raines, he's a good listener.
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