The Flies of August

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When a wealthy insurance executive is gutted with a garden tool amid his rhododendrons, a quiet Connecticut town bursts into the public eye. Rookie detective Donna Bradley, snubbed from the high-profile case, is saddled with an unrelated search for a teenage runaway. The girl's parents-a beaten-down father mired in debt and an ailing mother-are mysteriously evasive. A reclusive Englishman seems to have an unhealthy interest in the girl.

As the town's startling secrets are ...

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Overview

When a wealthy insurance executive is gutted with a garden tool amid his rhododendrons, a quiet Connecticut town bursts into the public eye. Rookie detective Donna Bradley, snubbed from the high-profile case, is saddled with an unrelated search for a teenage runaway. The girl's parents-a beaten-down father mired in debt and an ailing mother-are mysteriously evasive. A reclusive Englishman seems to have an unhealthy interest in the girl.

As the town's startling secrets are uncovered, Donna's search for a killer becomes a search for herself, as the pressures of the investigation tear away her defenses.

"The Flies of August" unfolds through one hot, harrowing summer as the American recession drives rich and poor alike to desperate measures.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Donna Bradley is a rookie police detective in Webster, Conn., tasked with finding Amber Zajac, a missing teenager. Meanwhile, the local police are investigating the murder of affluent insurance executive Nathan Weisz. As Donna works to piece together Amber's secrets, she comes to realize that the two cases may be linked. Lee's murder mystery has a strong protagonist, a sleepy town, surprise twists, and a strong undercurrent of class tension that serves to highlight the fact that justice and the law are not the same thing. Donna's personal troubles add color to the story, and readers will find this an enjoyable whodunit.
Kirkus Reviews
"Lee's prose is elegant and evocative throughout...The pacing is swift and sure, with plot twists that keep readers' interest without sacrificing credibility, and the momentum builds inexorably to an exciting, emotionally satisfying conclusion." - Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989458801
  • Publisher: Saltwater Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 2/27/2013
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

P. J. Lee is a former journalist and screenwriter. He is also the author of "On The Wild Coast", a novel set in South Africa, where he grew up.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    233 pages

    This 233 page book was very good. While it was not perfectly edited, the editing was not a distraction. It is a free, stand alone book. The first murder was done in a manner, I had never read or heard about before, and while not extremely graphic, it was still a bit gruesome, I admit it made me cringe a bit. The second murder was very sad. I really liked the character Bryan aka, skinhead. This is a police, murder mystery. The heroine, Donna is a rookie detective, a bit unsure of herself and wanting to prove she is is just as smart, brave, strong and capable as the men, she works with. There is implied sex, a few sad parts. I even teared up at two points. There is some cursing. Donna's partner is also a well rounded, likable character, with a kind, thoughtful personality. This is a stand alone book. When I finished this novel, I immediately looked for a sequal, unfortunately there was not one. There was a .99 book by Lee though, so I purchased it. I hope it is as good as this one was. The reason I did not five star this book was because I never found out what happened with Mr. Miller, what was wrong with Mrs. Z, the editing and some over complex and long conversations. I will archive this one for a reread. I would recommend this book for all readers, ages 18 and up. It is not chick lit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Great book! Didn't give it 5 stars as I felt disconnected from t

    Great book! Didn't give it 5 stars as I felt disconnected from the protagonist in the beginning. It took a bit for her to come to life, for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    What a good book!  I love the prose, the characters and creative

    What a good book!  I love the prose, the characters and creative story line.  It says in the bio that this is his second 
    novel, but I can't find a reference anywhere to his first.  I'd love to read it if it's even close to as good as The Flies of 
    August.  I, too, hope that there are many more Donna Bradley books in the future.

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    Posted January 9, 2014

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    Ice gem code: medicine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Enjoyed

    Very good read

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Very interesting mystery

    I enjoyed reading this book. I felt that it needed to continue on; the ending was too abrupt. The story line was good and held my attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

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    Is there going to be more books with these characters????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    I absolutely loved The Flies of August. My new favorite author -

    I absolutely loved The Flies of August. My new favorite author - P.J. Lee. Hopefully there's more Donna Bradley to look forward to.

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    Posted January 22, 2014

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