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Shadow Men: A Max Freeman Novelby Jonathon King
Synopses & Reviews
A gripping new chapter in the Max Freeman series, from the critically acclaimed, Edgar Award?winning author of The Blue Edge of Midnight.
It begins with an 80-year-old mystery. Three men — a father and his two sons — vanished while working as laborers on a dangerous project to build the first road through the Florida Everglades. Now, years later, a series of letters are unexpectedly discovered by a descendant of these men. Driven by the need to know what happened to these lost members of his family, he starts asking questions — and is quickly stonewalled. With nowhere else to turn, he enlists the help of former Philadelphia police officer Max Freeman.
Living in his isolated shack in the Glades, Max starts his longshot investigation into the fate of the men. A newly minted private investigator working with his friend and attorney, Billy Manchester, Max is surprised to meet resistance immediately at every turn. The search for the truth quickly turns violent — and Max finds he has more to worry about than just 80-year-old ghosts. For there are powerful interests that want to make sure that the shadows of the past remain undisturbed — including some who will kill to make sure that they do.
Combining powerful storytelling and rich characters, Shadow Men establishes Jonathon King as a new master of modern crime fiction.
"Freeman...may be the most thoughtful, well-read, and multilayered private-eye hero since Spenser....Haunting and evocative." Connie Fletcher, Booklist (Starred Review)
"King tells one story very well, writing with quiet intensity and a simmering sense of anger that raises from the dead a shameful incident of historical injustice." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Stunning. King's writing and pacing are superb and his ability to evoke a sense of the Everglades is so strong you can almost smell the marsh and feel the humidity drawing sweat from pores....This is a terrific yarn, beautifully told." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"King strikes a deft balance between his extraordinary South Florida setting and an engrossing tale of inhumanity and greed. This fine novel resonates with the atmosphere and immediacy of the Everglades..." Publishers Weekly
"Though the nature of the exercise — it's pretty obvious who'll get tagged for the ancient crime — downplays the mystery, King provides some scenes that crackle with tension along with his trademark snapshots of South Florida's wild, fragile landscape." Kirkus Reviews
"Max is one of mystery fiction's most enjoyable new characters, and King writes of the Everglades with a deft touch....After an outstanding debut and a good second novel, King has come up with another winner." Library Journal
"In Shadow Men, Jonathon King captures the intrigue, lyrical beauty, and darkness of the Florida Everglades better than any other writer I know of. His account of corporate greed in the midst of an Edenic paradise is a warning for our times." James Lee Burke, author of Last Car to Elysian Fields
"A terrific book that begins the run of a great new talent. From start to finish, it is full of true character and jagged surprises." Michael Connelly, author of Lost Light
About the Author
Jonathon King's crime fiction debut, The Blue Edge of Midnight, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, has been nominated for the Anthony Award, and was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. A journalist for more than twenty years, he has covered crime and criminal courts and is now an award-winning feature writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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