It's 1963, and what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims, a murderer whose name is indelibly linked to their city: the Boston Strangler. For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. They are simply on different sides of it. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop whose gambling habits drag him down into the city's gangland. Michael is the middle son, a Harvard-educated lawyer working for an ambitious attorney general. And Ricky, the devil-may-care youngest son, floats above the fray as an expert burglar - until the Strangler strikes too close to home.
As Joe's mob debts close in around him, and Michael becomes snarled in a murder investigation gone wrong, and Ricky is hunted by both sides of the law, the three brothers - and the women who love them - are forced to take sides. Now each must look deeper into a killer's murderous rage, into their family's own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them forever.
As William Landay's complex, compassionate, and terrifying novel builds to a climax, two mysteries will collide, and a shattering truth will be revealed.
"Landay movingly explores the bonds of family and basic questions of honesty and loyalty." (Publishers Weekly)
"A crackling debut that answers the question: Who will be the new Grisham? Stylish writing, wickedly convoluted plotting, and an insider's view of big-city jurisprudence and police accommodation." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Bored to tears
I loved William Landay's later book, "Defending Jacob", so was excited to get this one. I've gotten about 2 hours into it, and frankly I can't get up any excitement to listen to it anymore. For starters, it's a period piece set sometime in the 40's or 50's, and those usually don't do it for me. For seconds, it's about a bunch of brothers that I find completely unsavory, in a family that I don't like very much. The mystery is about a strangler of women that I've never met and have no connection to. At this point, I just don't care who killed them or what happens to this family, so I'm setting the book down. Sorry Mr. Landay.
- P. Scott Bennett