From the New York Times best-selling author of Defending Jacob comes Mission Flats....
Former D.A. William Landay explodes onto the suspense scene with an electrifying novel about the true price of crime and the hidden corners of the criminal justice system. Only an insider could so vividly capture Boston's gritty underworld of cops and criminals. And only a natural storyteller could weave this mesmerizing tale of murder and memory, a story about the hold of time past over time present, and the story of one unforgettable young policeman who ventures into the most dangerous place of all.
By a gleaming lake in the forests of western Maine, outside a sleepy town called Versailles, the body of a man lies sprawled in a deserted cabin. The dead man was an elite D.A. from Boston, and his beat was that city's toughest neighborhood: Mission Flats.
Now, for small-town police chief Ben Truman, investigating the murder will mean leaving his quiet, haunted home and journeying to an alien world of hard streets and hard bargains, where the fierce struggle between police and criminals is fought for the ultimate stakes.
Ben joins a manhunt through Mission Flats, where cops are scrambling to find their number-one suspect: Harold Braxton, a ruthless predator targeted for prosecution by the murdered D.A. To the Boston police, Braxton is a marked man. But as Ben watches the shadow dance of cops and suspects, he begins to voice doubts about Braxton's guilt - especially when he uncovers a secret history of murder and retribution stretching back 20 years - back to a brutal killing now nearly forgotten. As past and present collide and a bloody mystery unfolds, only one thing remains certain: The most powerful revelations are yet to come.
Mission Flats is at once a relentless page-turning mystery and a vivid portrait of a cop's life. Here are the street corners, courtrooms, and stationhouses; the deal makers, thugs, and quiet heroes. An unforgettable world - and the luminous, boundary-breaking debut of a new voice in suspense fiction - Mission Flats will haunt you long after you stop listening.
"Tough but true: a first-time novelist has to bring something new to the table - something like the trumps that William Landay throws down in his high-stakes police procedural, Mission Flats.... Landay writes with eloquent intensity...about the no-win ethical choices that can corrupt or otherwise crush a good cop." (New York Times Book Review)
"You'll get everything you paid for in William Landay's debut thriller, Mission Flats.... Landay is a superb writer who can evoke visceral emotional reactions with skillful evocative prose." (St. Petersburg Times)
"Landay's story is rife with nuanced characters and the gritty realism of street justice. His tale is reminiscent of his fellow Beantown writer Dennis Lehane, which is a true compliment." (Rocky Mountain News)