Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.
"Amazing first novel!"
It's 1963, and what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims: the Boston Strangler. For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop. Michael is the middle son, a Harvard-educated lawyer. And Ricky floats above the fray as an expert burglar. Now each must look into a killer's murderous rage, into their family's own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them forever.
Andy Barber's job is to put killers behind bars. So when a boy from his son Jacob's school is found stabbed to death, Andy is doubly determined to find and prosecute the perpetrator. Until a crucial piece of evidence turns up linking Jacob to the murder.
"How far would you be prepared to go for your child"
"Too boring to finish!"
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.
Ben Truman is Chief of Police in Versailles, Maine. Nothing ever happens in Versailles, Maine, unless you count the occasional drunk taking pot shots at streetlights. Then a body is found in a cabin up by the lake. The dead man turns out to be from the Boston DA’s office, a prosecutor who had been investigating a series of gang-related murders in that city. Ben Truman heads down to Boston to follow the few fragile leads he has in the case.