"With the sure hand of a confident storyteller, the brilliant Carrie Smith creates a relatable, touching and contemporary take on the police procedural. Timely, heartbreaking, and compelling—Forgotten City is unforgettable."

—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and
Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author


Winner of the


★★★ Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice Award ★★★


★★★ Silver Falchion Award Finalist, 2017 ★★★

NYPD Detective Claire Codella is chomping at the bit for a new case. Lieutenant McGowan is determined to keep her out of the news, but she’s about to be back in the public eye in a big way.


Broadway legend Lucy Merchant has tragically succumbed to early onset Alzheimer’s. At age fifty-six, she’s tucked away in the dementia care unit of the ultra-exclusive Manhattan care facility Park Manor. When she falls asleep and doesn’t wake up, her billionaire husband is ready for the funeral, but her daughter demands an investigation.


Only three months back on the job after cancer treatment, Codella finds herself at the center of a high profile case nearly everyone—especially her lieutenant—wants to shut down. But the forensic evidence raises alarming questions and Codella needs answers. To find them, she will have to crack the defenses of slippery administrators, frightened caregivers, and unobliging family members, all while unlocking some of her own dark memories.



Praise for Forgotten City


“Forgotten City is beautifully written throughout…the final chapters are particularly moving.”

–Mystery Scene Magazine


“Smith's solid second mystery...tackles such sensitive subjects as alcoholism, rape, domestic violence, and bigotry...Smith writes with sensitivity and nuance”

–Publishers Weekly


“… brisk and intelligent... tightly plotted, thoroughly engaging…with a terrifically formidable female detective.”

–Fab Book Reviews


“Steadfast police work is the key to success in Smith's second...Characters are drawn with a detailed brush and mesh well with the superb plot.”

–RT Book Reviews


 “Carrie Smith’s writing style is extremely addictive—easy to read, short chapters, and wonderful dialogue. Reading Forgotten City is like sinking into your favorite easy chair for a lengthy discussion with a favorite friend. As a procedural, the criminal investigation follows the expected pattern without ever feeling derivative. By the end of Forgotten City, the case at hand has been solved, but there is still much of Claire Codella’s story yet to uncovered. This series is going to be around for a while…”

–Kristopher Zigorski, The BOLO Books Review


“Quick-moving plot…Enjoyable.”

–Kirkus Reviews


 “This well-crafted police procedural is recommended for admirers of Robin Burcell or Alafair Burke.”

–Library Journal


“Smith’s storytelling style is both intimate…and epic… A great example of the police procedural novel.”

–Robin Agnew, Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore