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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.

©2007 William Landay; (P)2007 Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Laura
  • Montgomery Village, MD, United States
  • 06-16-12

Too boring to finish!

Though I thougt Defending Jacob by this author was top-notch, The Strangler nearly
put me to sleep. Skip it!

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  • Harriet
  • Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States
  • 02-02-14

I liked the surprises.

Would you try another book from William Landay and/or Stephen Hoye?

yes

Would you be willing to try another book from William Landay? Why or why not?

yes. I bought this book because I read Defending Jacob, which was one of the best books I've read.

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 02-06-12

Liistened to abridged by mistake -- still good

I bought the book and was told by Audible that it would not be available immediately. When I did get it, I downloaded it without checking. Listened to it and was surprised to hear a credit for the "abridger" at the end. I never listen to abridged books (so I feel a little cheated), but this was good even if shorter than what the author intended. The story held together quite well (I already downloaded and am listening to his first novel -- unabridged -- and will probably end up listening to the just-released one as well). As other reviewers have pointed out, the story of the Boston Strangler is just the backdrop for the family mystery/drama. The reader is also quite good (I wish he would not attempt the Boston accent, but that is only mildly annoying). Glad to have discovered the writer.