Dark Harbor [NOOK Book]

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A stunning debut thriller reminiscent of the novels of David Baldacci. When the body of his co-worker and ex-lover is found in Boston Harbor, attorney Sean Finn becomes a suspect in her murder. With an ambitious female police detective also after answers, Finn is unaware of what's at stake if the truth about the killing is finally uncovered.
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Overview

A stunning debut thriller reminiscent of the novels of David Baldacci. When the body of his co-worker and ex-lover is found in Boston Harbor, attorney Sean Finn becomes a suspect in her murder. With an ambitious female police detective also after answers, Finn is unaware of what's at stake if the truth about the killing is finally uncovered.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Compelling characters pulse through attorney Hosp's surprisingly engaging fiction debut. Why surprising? Because readers will think they've seen all this before, and more stylishly told: there's a gritty urban center (Boston) menaced by a serial killer (nicknamed "Little Jack" because of his similarities to the legendary Ripper) but protected by a tough cop (prickly police lieutenant Linda Flaherty). But Hosp works some wrinkles on the formula with a terrorist subplot and digs deep for complex portraits of Flaherty and a jittery suspect, lawyer Scott Finn. Finn was the last known person to see Natalie Caldwell, the killer's latest victim, alive: they were colleagues at the prestigious law firm as well as former lovers. At the time of her death, Natalie was defending a local security company against liability in the terrorist bombing of a commuter train. Grief over Natalie's death exacerbates Finn's feeling that he's in over his head, both with Natalie's case, which he inherits, and at the white shoe firm, where his humble roots and blue-collar affinities set him apart. Flaherty feels similarly besieged, though her demons are detective subordinates whom she can't completely trust or control. Hosp's plotting is shaggy and his book feels overlong, but by following his two protagonists into the mundane corners of their lives, he earns genuine empathy for these flawed human beings struggling to be both ethical and effective. Agent, Lisa Vance. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Attorney Hosp's first novel is a legal thriller/murder mystery featuring Scott Finn, a lawyer on the fast track to a partnership in a prestigious Boston law firm. A child of the city's Charlestown projects who fought his way out of the gangs and violence, he finds his new life threatened when his coworker and former lover, Natalie Caldwell, is killed and dumped in Boston Harbor, apparently by a serial killer. Tapped to take over Natalie's high-profile case, Finn is haunted by her death and becomes embroiled in the mystery of her murder. Both Boston's legal community and shady associates from Finn's youth seem to be involved, and Finn finds himself caught in the middle, fighting for his own life and even becoming the chief suspect in Natalie's murder. This intricate novel is a tremendously satisfying and suspenseful read and will leave readers eagerly anticipating Hosp's next book. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/05.]-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A debut thriller with familiar ingredients-serial killer, train-bombing terrorists, corrupt lawyers and politicians-and lots of cliches, chopped, mixed in and stirred. For lawyer Scott Finn and police detective Linda Flaherty much rides on their current cases. If Finn can win a big award for the widow who's suing a security company for negligence in the terrorist bombing of a Boston commuter train, he'll be clear of his troubled past and head to a partnership in the prestigious law farm where he toils. (That domestic terrorism has become a plotting canard gives one pause.) If police detective Linda Flaherty can find "Little Jack," a serial killer who apparently just carved up his latest victim, she'll get her belligerent captain off her case. Finn and Flaherty's success in their cases never seems in doubt-Boston attorney Hosp's slack plotting, lumbering pace and grab-bag description ("sent a cold shiver up her spine"; "like the last rats off a sinking ship") suggest early on that few, if any, surprises are on the way. Finn, for example, who has a drinking problem, shares a tense drink date with co-worker Natalie Caldwell, with whom he's been having an affair. The next day another corpse turns up in Boston Harbor and, of course, it's Natalie. An autopsy, though, suggests her gruesome murder may not have been Jack's handiwork, which means a copycat killer may be at large. (The latter's demented, Hannibal Lecter-style musings periodically interrupt the narrative.) Finn feels obligated to find the killer of his friend, so now he's on the case as well, soon edging close to Linda. But their warming relationship cools when Linda uncovers evidence in Finn's apartment linking him to Caldwell'smurder. Clues about Natalie's discovery of a secret deal and the involvement in the case of Boston's Irish mob telegraph the ending. Consistently pedestrian.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446549813
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 106,209
  • File size: 700 KB

Meet the Author

David Hosp
David Hosp

David Hosp is a Boston attorney. He received his B.A. from DartmouthCollege and his J.D. from GeorgeWashingtonUniversity. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter south of the city.

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Dark Harbor


By David Hosp

Warner Books

Copyright © 2005 Richard David Hosp
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-57693-X


Chapter One

August 2006

HER BODY WAS FOUND on a Sunday evening. It might have been discovered earlier, but floating in Boston Harbor it blended in with the logs and tires and trash that spilled over from the city.

She was the seventh, or so they thought at the time. Two weeks had passed since the sixth, and people were holding their breath, greedy in their anticipation. Not since the days when the Boston Strangler prowled his way across Beacon Hill had a singular fear so titillated New Englanders.

She was found by a police officer-Officer Paul Stone-who stumbled on her, almost literally. Twenty-two years old and fresh from the police academy, he spent his afternoons on foot patrol along the piers at the edge of South Boston-"Southie," as it was known to the locals. It was a lousy assignment. Directly across Fort Point Channel from downtown Boston, the edge of Southie was lifeless on the weekends, particularly in the heat of late August. The Boston World Trade Center was deserted, as were the new Convention Center and the Federal Courthouse. Other than those outcast buildings, the area was dominated by warehouses, parking lots, and storage facilities, the majority of which were shut down on Sundays. Stone felt as if he were in some postapocalyptic version of his hometown as he patrolled up and down the center of empty streets.

He walked halfway across the abandoned Northern Avenue Bridge at around seven o'clock. It was nearing dusk and most of the lights were on in the skyscrapers in front of him. Many were of the fluorescent variety, beaming out unfriendly from office towers where the lights seemed to burn around the clock, but others glowed from apartment buildings, shimmering along the city's edge and easing the evening's transition. At the bridge's center, he took one last look at the financial district, then turned and followed his patrol route back toward Southie.

The top of his shirt was open to the summer heat as he walked back along the bridge, but there was very little wind. A nice sea breeze might have made the beat more bearable, but the water was still and silent, and he cursed the heat as his collar rode up on his neck, soaked through with sweat.

It was high tide, and the piers seemed peaceful. The sunset over his shoulder cast a flat, pre-dusk light on the shoreline, highlighting the pockets of garbage floating by the shore along the harbor's embankments.

One particular clump caught Stone's eye; a dark mass stuck on a piling twenty yards or so east of the bridge. A metal object in the center of the lump was clinging unnaturally high on the piling. It had found the last rays of sunlight and was reflecting them right into Stone's eyes. He followed the glimmer out of boredom and curiosity, leaving the bridge, turning left, and walking along the shoreline.

When he came to the piling, he leaned over the embankment to take a look.

He could see the object now. It was a watch-a nice one, too. A Movado. The crisp silver casing that formed the simple, understated watch face still held the sunlight from the west. Stone was no longer focused on the watch itself, though; his attention was riveted on the wrist to which it was attached. It was delicate yet firm, and extended up from the water, supporting a slim hand that seemed to be reaching for help. It was so desperate in its pose that Stone's heart skipped a beat, and he reached over the harbor wall to grab hold. It was foolish, he realized, but he did it out of reflex and instinct. The cold, dead feel of the skin returned him to reality and he jerked himself back.

As he let go of the hand, the wrist slipped off its catch on the piling and the entire dark mass rolled over in the water. Stone found himself staring straight down into the face of a woman submerged just inches below the water's surface. Her eyes were open, as if to take one final look at the late summer sky. She was dressed in what looked like a tight-fitting black outfit, and around her neck was a bright red ribbon holding a gold crucifix in place at the top of her chest. Stone had the feeling that she was staring at him, and his heart skipped again when he looked into her eyes. They were clear blue, and they were mesmerizing. Later that night, in trying to recall the entirety of the incident, his only specific recollection would be of those eyes.

He stumbled back from the edge of the embankment and reached for his radio. He was about to call the precinct when a wave of nausea overtook him and he lunged toward the nearest bushes.

After he'd taken a moment to compose himself, he picked up his radio again. "Dispatch, this is Patrol Twelve. I've got a DB Code Thirty in the harbor. Right by the Northern Avenue Bridge, south side. Over."

It seemed like hours before the call was answered. "Patrol Twelve, this is dispatch, could you repeat that?"

"Yeah, I've got a body floating in the goddamned harbor! Caucasian female. Looks like she's in her twenties or thirties. Is that you, Kate?" Stone was friendly with the dispatcher. They'd both grown up in Southie, as had many of the cops in the precinct, and she'd gone to school with his older brother.

"Yeah, it's me, Paul. Don't touch anything. I'm gonna get a team down there to take over on crime scene. Just make damn sure no one goes near the area."

"That shouldn't be too much of a problem. It's just me and the seagulls down here, and I'm sure as hell not going swimming with a stiff."

There was silence on the other end of the radio for a few moments, and after a while Stone started to get nervous. The humidity was oppressive, and he could feel his uniform sticking to his body, bunching uncomfortably in the crevices where his limbs met his torso. It was as if the air was pushing in on him; a stress test draining his arms and legs of their strength as the sweat ran in streams down his back and chest. He began to have the feeling that someone was watching him from a distance, but there was no movement along the waterfront, and he assumed it was just his imagination.

"Kate?" he said into his handset. There was no answer. He walked to the edge of the harbor and looked over the embankment again. The harbor-lady was still there, looking up at him in apparent indifference.

"Kate, you there?" he repeated. He could hear the edge in his voice and he hoped that it wouldn't be obvious back at the station house. He didn't really care, though. He was feeling spooked.

"Yeah, Paul, hold on a minute." Kate's voice calmed him down a little. "Okay," she said after a brief pause. "We've got the task force from Area A-1 on the way down. They should be there in a couple of minutes."

"Okay, I'll be here."

There was another pause. Then, unable to contain her curiosity, Kate asked the question. "Is it him?"

"I don't know, Kate. Red choker. Gold cross. Yeah, I'd say it's probably him. It's just a guess, though."

Kate didn't respond. Stone stood for a moment, looking down at the lifeless figure in the water. Then he sat down on the embankment to wait in silence.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    HAD TO FINISH

    I got this as a free book for my nook, which goes every where with me, this is a new author for me, once I started this book I could not put it down, as I was reading it was like watching a movie in front of my eyes, I could actually see what was happening as I read, needless to say I have purchased David Hosp's other books, have not read them as yet but have reccomended them to other friends who have purchased his other books also and loved them I am sure they will be as good ! I highly reccommend reading his books, they will keep you on the edge of your seat !

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    Good Read

    I was happy with the story line, character development, writing style and when I was done, I wanted more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    A first rate thriller.

    Scott Finn rose from the slums of a tough Boston neighborhood to the top of an elite law firm, but the past he tried to forget may be the only thing to help him... Scott's ex-girlfriend and close colleague, Natalie Caldwell, is found floating in Boston Harbor. Immediately Natalie is named the latest victim of 'Little Jack', a serial killer much like Jack-the-Ripper terrorizing Boston. Police detective Linda Flaherty notices some inconsistencies between Natalie and the other six victims, and the more she probes into the crime she finds Natalie may have been hiding a shady past. Finn, not only dealing with the death of his friend, but a high-profile case that could make his career, finds himself the prime suspect in Natalie's murder and the only person that could help him is the same person who believes he is a suspect...Linda Flaherty. 'Dark Harbor' is a fast paced page-turner that marks the debut of a powerhouse author. David Hosp has written a lightning quick tale that, in a style reminiscent to that of David Baldacci, grabs the reader on page one and doesn't let go. The well-written and gripping plot twists and turns all the way through to a shocking conclusion that will leave readers satisfied and anxiously awaiting the next novel from Mr. Hosp. 'Dark Harbor', a great choice for thriller fans, is destined for a spot on the bestseller lists. A MUST read! Nick Gonnella

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    Posted May 26, 2013

    To tom

    Please forcemate moonglow at stalker res 5 make it kong and descriptive2 pages at least like this he did so and so then she did so and so etc etc. Plz do it now! And ignore all other cats!

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    Posted May 26, 2013

    YO ANYONE

    FORCE MATE AND NIGHT AND ROSIEFLIGHT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    WERE' SECRETS

    First: if you want to be like a twilight wolf, u must be born as a shapeshifter, but you are not yet out of luck! <p> Second: You can be one by wearing the animal's pelt under the full moon and howling (how i got to be one!). <p> Third: bites sometimes work, if it mixes with your bloodstream, other times it is just a bite. <p> Fourth: Greeks said werewolfs were cursed. If you are about to die, sometimes you will turn into a werewolf. (If ou already became one!) <p> Fifth: werewolf babies can be born from werewolf parents or if the mom gets bit by one in the process. <p> Anymore questions? Ask in the third res, if this is second. If it third, ask in fourth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    gratuitous terrorism beginning, aspartame ending

    Outstanding job for first novel, especially the inside-law-firm anecdotes, but what was this unrelated to the entire plot out-of-the-blue fictitious Islamic train bombing in the prologue? The client didn't have to be a security firm, or even if it were, there didn't have to be a concomitant attack. One might guess that Aaron Priest--first reader of the manuscript--added it himself for grab-the-reader purposes. And the sweet little feel-good get-together at the end was irrelevant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    a great read ,thank you, David Hosp

    a terrific debut thriller,,definitely a page turner ,don't miss it..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    An excellent read!!

    This is an excellent debut novel for this author. I picked this book up on a whim, and I absolutely loved it... enough to look it up and see if others liked it as much as I did! It is fast paced and very interesting, every turn of the page held my attention. I've read Grisham, and this was as good as any of his books... Not as quick paced as Patterson. Takes place in my hometown of Boston! I love that! But this book will be enjoyable for a reader from any city!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    An excellent Read!!!

    I first found out about this book from a tv show here in Boston called Chronical. They just happened to be covering local writers when Hosp was mentioned and I became interested in this book. Hosp held my attention from the very first page. The characters were well developed and there were a few twists that made this book such a thriller. I definately see this being a movie in the future. i am also a Grisham fan (at least his earlier books up to The King of Torts)and feel that Hosp has out done Grisham with this one. I hope there is more to come from David Hosp!!!

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