Book: Mission Flats

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Mission Flats

Author: William Landay
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Publisher: Delacorte Press

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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A fast-paced, action-packed thriller with a series of bang-up twists and surprises, William Landay’s debut novel is filled with highly charged prose and memorable scenes. The author, a former prosecutor, puts his firsthand knowledge of cops, felons, and lawyers to great benefit in this story of a small-town sheriff caught up in a swirl of big-city corruption. When Ben Truman travels to Mission Flats—the roughest corner of Boston—in order to solve a murder, he finds an even more complex mystery that spans two decades. The inventive, elaborate plot is highly engaging, as the young, inexperienced law officer teams with a hardened cop and runs into cover-ups and conspiracies at every turn.

Mission Flats unfolds with a rapid pace that will hurl you into the story and hold you firmly in its grip. Landay knows his characters and their predicaments, and he allows authentic investigative procedure to form the essence of the exciting story. He uses a natural, deadpan, carefully controlled narrative to underscore crimes and create real suspense, and it’s this ring of truth that makes the book so captivating. Mission Flats will deserves wide attention, as William Landay demonstrates that he is one of the most noteworthy new voices in the field. Tom Piccirilli

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