From the New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob
Former D.A. William
Landay explodes onto the suspense scene with an electrifying novel about the
true price of crime and the hidden corners of the criminal justice system. Only
an insider could so vividly capture Boston’s gritty underworld of cops and
criminals. And only a natural storyteller could weave this mesmerizing tale of
murder and memory, a story about the hold of time past over time present—and
the story of one unforgettable young policeman who ventures into the most
dangerous place of all.
By a gleaming lake
in the forests of western Maine, outside a sleepy town called Versailles, the
body of a man lies sprawled in a deserted cabin. The dead man was an elite D.A.
from Boston, and his beat was that city’s toughest neighborhood: Mission Flats.
Now, for small-town
police chief Ben Truman, investigating the murder will mean leaving his quiet,
haunted home and journeying to an alien world of hard streets and hard
bargains, where the fierce struggle between police and criminals is fought for
the ultimate stakes.
Ben joins a manhunt
through Mission Flats, where cops are scrambling to find their number-one
suspect: Harold Braxton, a ruthless predator targeted for prosecution by the
murdered D.A. To the Boston police, Braxton is a marked man. But as Ben watches
the shadow dance of cops and suspects, he begins to voice doubts about
Braxton’s guilt…especially when he uncovers a secret history of murder and
retribution stretching back twenty years…back to a brutal killing now nearly
forgotten. As past and present collide and a bloody mystery unfolds, only one
thing remains certain: the most powerful revelations are yet to come.
Mission Flats is at
once a relentless page-turning mystery and a vivid portrait of a cop’s life.
Here are the street corners, courtrooms, and stationhouses; the deal makers,
thugs, and quiet heroes. An unforgettable world—and the luminous,
boundary-breaking debut of a new voice in suspense fiction—Mission Flats will haunt you long after the final pages.
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