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Marilyn StasioDespite an over-the-top ending, Doolittle cleverly articulates the vulnerability of a close-knit community where those friendly people who know your name also know your darkest secrets.
—The New York Times
In this unsettling thriller from Barry Award-winner Doolittle (The Cleanup), Boston transplants Paul Callaway and his wife, Sara, scare off a violent intruder their first night in their new home in Clark Falls, Iowa, where Paul has taken up a post as an English professor at the local university. As a result of this incident, the Callaways meet members of their tight-knit community, including ex-cop Roger Mallory, the neighborhood's unofficial protector. Though Paul is initially welcomed into Roger's circle of friends, Paul becomes suspicious when he discovers Roger is conducting secret surveillance of the neighborhood. Tensions mount between the two men, coming to a head after Paul is arrested for child pornography, a charge he's sure Roger helped concoct. Desperate to clear his name, Paul begins his own investigation into Roger's past. Despite Doolittle's admirably complex plot and empathetic hero, readers may question just how many skeletons a single small town can have in its closets. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"Safer is a high-octane, rip-roaring page-turner. I read it in one sitting—and loved every minute." —Harlan Coben, author of Hold Tight
“In Safer, Sean Doolittle has crafted a taut, claustrophobic thriller in which our safe world of home and neighborhood becomes instead something terrifying and deadly. Safer made me look twice at my neighbors and check the locks on my doors, and that earns Doolittle a solid A+ in skin-crawling suspense.”—Kay Hooper, author of Blood Dreams
“Unsettling…. Admirably complex.”—Publishers Weekly
"Slick and inventive ... The author is skilled at ratcheting up readers’ foreboding, sympathy, and fear, creating the deep need to see how things turn out."—Booklist
“Doolittle cleverly articulates the vulnerability of a close-knit community where those friendly people who know your name also know your darkest secrets.”—New York Times Book Review
“The novel is filled with twists, and each chapter seems to end with a cliffhanger…[Doolittle’s] best yet.”—Omaha World Herald
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