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Mission Flats by William Landay

Mission Flats

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Every now and again a new crime novel comes along and you know it’s something special. This won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey award for Best First Crime Novel. It’s first rate. A tale of corruption with an ending you really can’t guess; it’s mesmerising stuff.

Comparison: Scott Turow, Richard North Patterson, Dennis Lehane.
Similar this month: None but try Lisa Scottoline or James Patterson.

If you like William Landay you might also like to read books by Scott Turow, David Hosp and Dennis Lehane.

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Mission Flats by William Landay

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

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About the Author

William Landay

William Landay was an assistant district attorney before he turned to writing. He is the author of two previous novels, Mission Flats and The Strangler. He lives in Boston with his family.

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1st September 2005


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Transworld Publishers Ltd


Paperback (b Format)
512 pages


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