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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (411 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Levien Narrator: Scott Bric Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Frank Behr Series Release Date:
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Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban Indianapolis neighborhood. He is twelve years old. Somewhere en route, as the October sky lightens, he vanishes without a trace.

Fourteen months later, Paul and Carol Gabriel are on the verge of abandoning all hope. Crushed by frustrating dead ends and exhausted by a police force that cannot (or will not) find their son, the Gabriels finally find a ray of hope: the name of an elusive private investigator who may represent their last chance.

Frank Behr is an enigmatic mountain of a man, a former cop who wants to help, but knows better than to give the Gabriels any hope of a happy ending. He has worked this kind of case too often. But Paul’s plea stirs up old personal demons that Behr can no longer ignore. Going against everything he fears, Behr enters into an uneasy partnership with Paul on a quest for the truth that is, in turn, dangerous, and haunting.

Richly textured and crackling with suspense on every page, City of the Sun weaves a moody narrative that hinges on the bond between a damaged detective and a lost father. From the antiseptic comforts of suburban Indianapolis to the city’s seamy underworld, David Levien introduces a private investigator as complex, idiosyncratic, and sympathetic as any in modern crime fiction. Levien is a gifted storyteller who will keep readers guessing right up until the final, explosive scene.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the toughest, most gut-wrenching, and most believable suspense novels I’ve ever encountered. If David Levien pulled any punches, I was too dazed to notice.”

    Lincoln Child

  • “Veteran screenwriter David Levien imagines with icy, almost sadistic precision in his thriller City of the Sun.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A nerve-jangling novel that places ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.”

    USA Today

  • “Crackles with raw intensity…Complex and heartbreaking. Fans of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch will be particularly delighted.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Here’s what to expect when reading City of the Sun: relentless suspense that will not let you out of its grasp, and a cast of characters who are so utterly real you’ll forget you’re reading fiction. David Levien’s novel is moody, riveting, and special.”

    Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author

  • A 2009 Barry Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • A 2008 Hammett Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 12/13/2013

    " First Ed McBain book that I have read and I enjoyed his humor and the way the story unfolded. I didn't feel too lost, having not read any of the previous books in the series, but there was some things that I was missing from the story. Not the greatest mystery, but the characters were well rounded and McBain made me want to know all of them better. Would read more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 12/10/2013

    " McBain is good at times, but too much of this reads like a Law and Order episode. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ginny | 12/9/2013

    " I enjoy the 87th Precinct novels. It is like a continuing crime drama, some crimes get solved, some don't characters appear from time to time. This is just as enjoyable as all the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by wally | 12/6/2013

    " ed mcbain is a good story teller. an 87th precinct story. life in the big bad city. an entertaining read. "

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