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Mission Flats: A Novel by William Landay

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By William Landay

Before the New York Times bestselling luck of Defending Jacob, William Landay wrote this severely acclaimed first novel of crime and suspense—perfect for lovers of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Dennis Lehane.
 
“Landay writes with eloquent intensity.”—The manhattan occasions ebook Review
 
By a shimmering lake in western Maine, a physique lies sprawled in a abandoned cabin. The useless guy was once an elite D.A. from Boston whose beat was once the city’s hardest local: undertaking apartments. For neighborhood police leader Ben Truman, investigating the homicide will suggest leaving his quiet domestic and becoming a member of a vengeful manhunt in an international of tough streets and tougher offers. The police officers have zeroed in on a suspect, a ruthless predator precise for prosecution through the murdered D.A. yet Ben distrusts the Boston police—especially whilst he uncovers a mystery background of homicide and retribution stretching again 20 years. As earlier and current collide, as tribal loyalties threaten to lynch an blameless man—or enable a in charge one pass free—one factor continues to be yes: the main strong revelations are but to come.
 
Includes an excerpt of Defending Jacob

“A crackling debut that solutions the query: Who could be the subsequent Grisham?”—Kirkus stories (starred review)
 
“An artistic, gripping suspense debut . . . Landay bargains out pertinent information with the finesse of a poker participant. . . . A wealthy, harrowing and pleasant read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“[Landay’s] story is comparable to his fellow Beantown author Dennis Lehane, that is a real compliment.”—Rocky Mountain News
 
“Waiting for a brand new Landay novel is like looking forward to a man from Cremona to construct a violin: worried yet worthy it.”—Lee Child
 
Winner of the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for most sensible First Crime Novel

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I saw the books in Gretchen’s library, on their own shelf, with dustcovers still well intact though aged. Her mother had inscribed each one to her—“To my darling daughter”—with what I calculated to be the year Gretchen would have finished the equivalent of high school. Next to them were braille versions, which Gretchen had commissioned. The covers showed a woman with short blond hair and an exaggerated expression apparently romping through comic adventures with her social set, who, the plot summaries informed us, didn’t approve of the heroine’s ambition.

I want to thank you for all the work you’re putting into it. I knew the photos were in a state, but I didn’t realize how bad of one. ” She pushed her eyebrows together. I could tell how hard that was for her to say. ” Gretchen teared up. “It was magical, those youngest years. Not just seeing—though seeing was good, of course—but it was what I saw! Mother had such a way of creating moments. She lived a life then that was … exotic and exhilarating … hotels and airplanes…. I tagged along. Did you see the picture?

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