In this powerful debut novel Michael Walsh delivers an unparalleled jolt of dark, scintillating suspense that blends John Le Carre with James Ellroy.
Lt. Francis X. Byrne, a smart, ambitious homicide detective on the rise, lives in a rundown Hell's Kitchen apartment and knows far less about his own life than he believes. Struggling with his temper, his drinking and his relationship with a woman who has him outclassed, Byrne is trying to solve the gruesome slaying of a Danish diplomat and following the trail of Egil Ekdhal's short life into a world where beautiful people play the most dangerous of games.
But as Byrne gets closer to Ekdahl's true identity, he collides with the one man he loathes more than any other: his own FBI agent brother. Tom Byrne has broken every rule in pursuit of a spy's Holy Grail: the KGB's top-secret file on Lee Harvey Oswald. It's a dossier that the FBI, the CIA and even the Mafia desperately want—a file stained by blackmail, intimidation and suicide.
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About the Author
Michael Walsh is the author of the bestselling Devlin novels—Hostile Intent, Early Warning and Shock Warning—as well as a being a journalist and screenwriter. His prequel/sequel to the movie Casablanca, As Times Goes By, was translated into at more than 20 languages. He won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for music criticism while at the San Francisco Examiner and went on to become the music critic for Time Magazine, and the writer of five popular books on classical music, musical theater and opera. His column for the National Review under the name of the taunting, ultra-liberal, wannabe screenwriter, “David Kahane” lead to his book Rules for Radical Conservatives, which was published in 2010. His forthcoming books include the next two Devlin novels and The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, a work of political non-fiction.
What People are Saying About This
A darkly ingenious, disturbing story, told with ruthless energy, scathing moral impartiality, and bitter omniscience. Michael Walsh is at the start of a brilliant new career.
Gritty and gripping...a fascinating read.
Michael Walsh lurches the reader through the labyrinth of several underworlds, riveted by his whiplash style, confident that he will be there at the final "No Exit" with his natural novelist's scapel to reveal his characters, amazingly. Hang on!
"Without pity indulgence, Michael Walsh summons up the bent world of sexual and political corruption. The people in this arena are impossible to ignore. Enter Exchange Alley and you will not be able to extricate yourself until the last paragraph."
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