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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