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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Levien Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Frank Behr Series Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781415962367
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The search for the missing detectives takes Behr into the recesses of Indianapolis’s underworld, a place rife with brutality and vice—and a stark contrast to the city’s gentle public image. As Behr calls on old street contacts and his hard-boiled investigative skills, he is led deeper into a twisted society of crime and violence and an unknown landscape of “pea-shake” houses—low-rent, transient gambling rings staged in condemned buildings around the city. Behr uncovers an unexpected connection to the missing detectives, and, in the process, he is forced to confront an ominous, deadly new breed of crime family."

Introduced in City of the Sun, Frank Behr instantly attracted critical attention and a devoted fan base, and Where the Dead Lay places Behr on a broader, edgier stage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Relentless … The story conveys a piercing sense of honesty … The truth of the characters—and the intensity of their pain—is as unbearably real as it gets. New York Times Book Review
  • City of the Sun is going to be a finalist for thriller of the year. Rocky Mountain News
  • “Levien is the new must-read thriller writer.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • [Levien] infuses his … tale with heart-wrenching emotion. People
  • City of the Sun is hard, mean, beautiful, touching—a dazzling novel. Robert Crais
  • A master character portrait of Behr. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • David Levien’s novel is moody, riveting, and special. Harlan Coben
  • One of the toughest, most gut-wrenching, and most believable suspense novels I’ve ever encountered. Lincoln Child
  • Veteran screenwriter David Levien imagines with icy, almost sadistic precision in his thriller City of the Sun. Entertainment Weekly
  • “A punishing piece of fiction, overflowing with intrigue…[With] enough cutthroat action to keep your eyebrows in upright position for days.”

    Free-Lance Star

  • Where the Dead Lay delivers on all counts. It is crime fiction at its finest.”

    Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Violent and compelling…This is American thriller writing at its rocket-fuelled, roller-coaster best.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Fast-paced, well-plotted and moving…Levien has an ear for dialogue that many of us don’t often hear…Gripping.”

    Indianapolis Star

  • “David Levien is a marvel. His dialogue is straight-up, so street that it’s a wonder the pages aren’t coated with grit. His descriptions are true to life, real and unflinching, a combination of Mickey Spillane, Wallace Stroby, and Richard Stark, but nonetheless all Levien.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • A 2010 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Hardcover PI Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 9/22/2013

    " While I enjoyed this book, it was not as good as the first one ,City of the Sun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie March | 8/22/2013

    " Author has an Indianapolis connection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 7/10/2013

    " A very quick read full of gangster wannabes. Detective Frank Behr is a hardcore ex-copper who fights a mean fight while breaking all of the rules. He appears to have an on/off relationship with Susan who stays with him even though I have no idea why. I'd like to read Levien's other work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 6/6/2013

    " Good characters...a little slow at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 4/30/2013

    " Wow how impressive. This is number two in a series and now I have to read number one. Very fast moving and hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 11/29/2012

    " Premise sounded really interesting but I just could not get into it. Writing style must not match my reading preference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anshuman | 7/11/2012

    " The second in the series of Frank Behr novels, it is not as strong. The novel is a bit gruesome and just seems that part of the plot are missing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 6/13/2012

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Frank Behr; PI finds his jiu-jitsu instructor murdered and seeks answers, while also investigating the take over of gambling houses by a family of crazies "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 5/5/2012

    " I love Levien's work and the character of Frank Behr is a national treasure. Gritty writing and terrific hard-boiled dialog make this a compelling thriller and a must for anyone who still misses Raymond Chandler. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jp | 1/22/2012

    " Is a sequel and I hadn't read the others so I didn't understand the motivations of the principle character as well as I would have liked. I didn't like the book as much as I'd hoped. Character development was weak throughout the book, at least for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/11/2011

    " Simply put...I love Frank Behr. He is up there with Michael Kelley or Burke on my favorite list of totally damaged Literary characters. I highly recommend this series, which with the new book about to come out "13 Million Dollar Pop," is only 3 books long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 10/6/2011

    " Really enjoyable 2nd Frank Behr novel, well written with a really tight plot. This is shaping into a very good series, Noir crime with a bit of modern action thrown in. Fully recommended. 4.5 Stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 10/2/2011

    " Only 1/2 read- 2nd Frank Behr, so depressing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trev Twinem | 8/10/2011

    " Great fast little thriller on the Lee Child mode...if you like his style you'll love this! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 5/7/2011

    " AKA read the dead get dead. This is for you if countless, pointless deaths turns your crank. Not for me. 0 of 10 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " Only 1/2 read- 2nd Frank Behr, so depressing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 7/13/2010

    " While I enjoyed this book, it was not as good as the first one ,City of the Sun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 6/13/2010

    " I love Levien's work and the character of Frank Behr is a national treasure. Gritty writing and terrific hard-boiled dialog make this a compelling thriller and a must for anyone who still misses Raymond Chandler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 3/10/2010

    " Good characters...a little slow at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/8/2010

    " Really enjoyable 2nd Frank Behr novel, well written with a really tight plot. This is shaping into a very good series, Noir crime with a bit of modern action thrown in. Fully recommended. 4.5 Stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 10/21/2009

    " Wow how impressive. This is number two in a series and now I have to read number one. Very fast moving and hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/29/2009

    " The second Frank Behr mystery: just as good as his first novel,
    "City of the Sun". Tough and tender. "

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