The Tin Angel is a murder mystery set in a threshold world of sublime music in the heart of no-man’s land. Pablo Waitz, owner of the jazz club, has lost his partner and the club’s cash reserves in a drug deal gone bad. Outside the club, the dispossessed own the street. Inside, an assortment of entrepreneurs and musicians, artists and gamblers, cops and hustlers find themselves connected by the magical quality of the music.

Adding to the crisis, Ponce’s troubled ghost joins that of Pablo’s late father, an Auschwitz survivor who walks the Bowery battlements questioning his son’s dedication to this shadow world. Pablo’s lover, Maria, wants to leave this place, and gives Pablo an ultimatum. But he is possessed by the mission to recover the money, and uncover the underlying mystery of his partner’s violent death. Most of all, he clings to the hope of keeping the Tin Angel alive.

The question raised by this opera is timeless: How do we make a life out of love and loss, recognizing the light in darkness that unites us all?


The Tin Angel

"This swift tale of murder and revenge...fulfills all our expectations..."
- The New York Times Book Review

- Washington Post

"The drug/jazz world of New York’s East Village has seldom been rendered more honestly or graphically than in this fine first mystery."
- Publishers Weekly

"I haven’t read a grittier mystery in years..."
- NY Daily News

"It’s hard to combine warmth and toughness, but Pines..succeeds."
- Ms. Magazine