Ben Truman, Chief of Police, heads down to Boston to follow the few fragile leads he has in the case. With the help of a retired cop who knows all the angles, he becomes embroiled in an investigation which has its roots in a sequence of deaths which began twenty years previously...
Nothing much happens in Versailles, Maine. Until a body is found in a cabin up by the lake. The dead man turns out to be from the Boston DA's office, a prosecutor who had been investigating a series of gang-related murders in that city. Ben Truman, Chief of Police, heads down to Boston to follow the few fragile leads he has in the case. Not welcomed by the police there, he knows he really should get the message and disappear back to the sticks. Big city crime is way beyond anything he's ever dealt with before.
But still Truman refuses to let it go. With the help of a retired cop who knows all the angles, he becomes embroiled in an investigation which has its roots in a sequence of deaths which began twenty years previously...
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'A most assured debut, cleverly plotted with an unguessable ending' * Sunday Telegraph *
'A compelling debut...Juicy characterisation and a strong affinity for moral ambiguity. It marks the blooding of a major new talent with shades of George Higgins and Scott Turow'
* Guardian * An impressive and constantly surprising debut...The main plot twist knocks you sideways and there's more to come. A marvellous, unexpected novel. * Time Out * 'A mixture of poignant, literary Americana and dialogue driven suspense, this impressive debut novel delivers a well-judged final shock and left me looking forward to more from Mr Landay' * Morning Star * 'A gripping and thrilling read which has you completely hooked from its rather violent and shocking opening and he has created a police chief as memorable as James Lee Burke's Dave Robineaux' * What's On In London *
About William Landay
William Landay was born and raised in Boston, where he now lives with his wife and son. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, he served for six years as an assistant district attorney before turning to writing. Mission Flats is his first novel.
Mission Flats by William Landay
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Transworld Publishers Ltd
Winner of CWA John Creasey Memorial Award 2003
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