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Publisher's Summary

Former DA and rookie writer William Landay delivers a white-hot thriller. When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman is forced to head down to Boston to follow the few fragile leads he has in the case. From a retired Boston cop, he learns the ropes of big-city policing, and finds that it is a more corrupt and cynical endeavor than the job he's been doing back in Versailles, Maine. The search for the murderer will lead Ben to the highest echelons of the Boston Police Department, where the ghosts of past crimes haunt the present case, and Ben finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.
©2003 William Landay (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Lyrical, keenly observed, and sometimes as dark as a wrong turn at midnight." (Steven White)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marc on 10-15-03

Amazing first novel!

I was surprised to learn that Mission Flats was the author's first novel, as it reads like it was written by an old pro. Part Spencer, part Harry Bosch, and part like no one I've read before, the author brings you into his world and his story, and keeps you there and, most importantly, makes you care about his characters. The story is compelling, the characters are believable, the ending is surprising. Good job! Can't wait for his next.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BogKid on 09-11-04

Good book -- Good author -- Good reader!

I "read" this book because my wife had bought it and read it. She thought it was, "OK." I thought it was excellent.

The Book: An excellent departure from standard mystery novel formulas. A most interesting story based on two ideas which can engender a great deal of thought -- 1. One action can trigger a series of events that lead inexorably from one to the other and which may be impossible to stop. 2. Good people sometimes . . . I have to stop there to avoid giving away important plot information. I had moments during the plot development when I felt we were going in a pointless (and frankly annoying) direction. But no, we were in a series of events that . . . well, you understand.

The Author: First rate character development and an excellent ear for completely realistic dialogue. On top of that, Landay writes with style and language that clearly says "good writer", not just a "good typist". I've read quite a few books by typists. Come on Mr. Landay -- more books!

The Reader: Sorry, Mr. Dufris, but I was really upset by your opening words in this book. My reaction was that I simply could not listen to this guy through a complete abridged book. Then I GOT IT! William Dufris is an excellent reader. Not just multiple voices (though they are very well done), but multiple personalities. None of the characters were aural characatures. All became real people with real accents, real vocal inflections, real personalities. Scott Brick has a reader/brother.

Do I gush? Yeah, I guess I do. I really liked this book!

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