Synopses & Reviews
"Witty, sophisticated, suspenseful and endless fun...the best first novel I've read this year." -Washington Post
"A hypnotically readable novel, with...dialog worthy of Elmore Leonard."--Douglas Preston
The man who calls himself David Loogan is hoping to escape a violent past by living a quiet, anonymous life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But when he's hired as an editor at a mystery magazine, he is drawn into an affair with the sleek blond wife of the publisher, Tom Kristoll-a man who soon turns up dead.
Elizabeth Waishkey is the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department, but even she doesn't know if Loogan is a killer or an ally who might help her find the truth. As more deaths start mounting up-some of them echoing stories published in the magazine-it's up to Elizabeth to solve both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself.
"Fans of Peter Abrahams and Scott Turow will find a lot to like."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for David Bells Novels
“An utterly compelling thriller…an absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed.”—Lisa Unger, New York Times Bestselling Author of Heartbroken
“Bell does a masterful job of crafting a crime story…riveting.”—-Suspense Magazine
“An artfully constructed tale…a powerful, provocative novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“A fast, mean head trip of a thriller…a winner on every level.”—Will Lavender, New York Times Bestselling Author of Dominance
“A master.”—John Lescroart, New York Times Bestselling Author
Praise for Bad Things Happen: “You better believe [Dolan] has a gift for storytelling . . . the narrative comes with startling developments and nicely tricky reversals.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review “[T]he novel is as well plotted as Agatha Christie at her best. . . . Its witty, sophisticated, suspenseful and endless fun . . . the best first novel Ive read this year.” —Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post “Brilliant.” —Chicago Tribune Praise for Very Bad Men: “One of the ten best mysteries of the year.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
Priase for The Last Dead Girl
"Absorbing, exciting . . . fast and unpredictable . . . Mr. Dolan's characters are human enough to catch you off-guard, and he makes the actions of even the creepiest ones believable.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
“Dolan has a talent for ingenious, serpentine plots. . . . Dolan is an inventive, offbeat writer who manages to provide an entertaining mystery. . . . His David Malone novels deserve the praise theyve received. Most likely, well keep learning more about the trouble-prone Mr. Malone for years to come." —The Washington Post
"A New Master Mystery Writer Emerges: I hadnt read Harry Dolan before, for which Im thankful, as this is a prequel to his previous two mysteries. Now I can read about David Malone, who apparently later changes his name to David Loogan, in chronological order. Dolans writing is excellent, and readers can look forward to his future efforts the way millions of us look forward to the ever more superb novels of Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman and Sue Grafton." —Steve Forbes, Forbes "Dolan's seemingly effortless prose sets off dialogue that surprises and delights, and his intricate plot is simply dazzling: a twisting, shifting labyrinth of events, characters, and motivations . . . every bit as good—if not better—than the first." —Booklist "[T]his prequel to 2009's Bad Things Happen puts Dolan's gifts as a storyteller on full display . . . you're in for a suspenseful ride." —Publishers Weekly “A very interesting plot with good characters that lure the reader into a variety of different worlds. Who could ask for anything more?” —Suspense Magazine
“One of Dolan's gifts is creating capricious and flawed characters who are nevertheless sympathetic. Jana is so well fleshed out and her life so tragic, her death is deeply felt. The tale is told in a nonlinear manner, with time jumps and interludes; the style is effective because it allows Dolan to keep shocking truths hidden until they're ready to be revealed.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Dolan is one of Americas best new crime writers; if you havent discovered him, youre in for a real treat." —Lansing State Journal
"As in his first two thrillers, Dolan plays out the complications with a spider's patience." —Kirkus Reviews
“[The Last Deal Girl] is one of the greatest novels we have read in while…stellar piece of work…the plot is very gripping, and the author who seems to excel in character development pushes various narratives forward.” —Mystery Tribune
"Presenting readers with just the right number of potential suspects, plot twists and turns, this fast-paced tale will sweep you along like a roiling river in spring spate. Dont plan on figuring out who the really bad guys are, though, because author Harry Dolan just wont let you. He is a master at creating suspense and, as always, treats his fans to a giant rollercoaster of a ride." —BookReporter
Praise for Bad Things Happen and Very Bad Men
“Great f***ing book, man. I was totally hooked.” —Stephen King
“You better believe [Dolan] has a gift for storytelling . . . the narrative comes with startling developments and nicely tricky reversals.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“One of the ten best mysteries of the year.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
“[T]he novel is as well plotted as Agatha Christie at her best. . . . Its witty, sophisticated, suspenseful and endless fun . . . the best first novel Ive read this year.” —Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
“Brilliant.” —Chicago Tribune
“Harry Dolan has written an incredibly rich, smart read reminiscent of A Simple Plan or Presumed Innocent—not to mention that its just a damn good story.” —Karin Slaughter
“A wonderfully moody and atmospheric story reminiscent of the masters of the noir mysteries. Tightly plotted, sophisticated, and engrossing, this is a winner.” —Nelson DeMille
“Dolan gets everything right in his debut. . . . Pitch-perfect prose and sophisticated characterizations drive the noirish plot, which offers plenty of unexpected twists. . . . The talent Dolan displays suggests he has a bright future.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Brilliant. . . . I could go on for pages about the amazing amount of trust that Dolan generates from page one, letting us know that he wont make a false move. But I dont want to spoil your pleasure.” —Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
“A wonderfully moody and atmospheric story reminiscent of the masters of the noir mysteries. Tightly plotted, sophisticated, and engrossing, this is a winner.” — Nelson DeMille
“Bad Things Happen is a very smart, well-written roller coaster ride that is always threatening to hurl the reader out into roaring empty space. Go along for the thrill ride!”—James Patterson
“Bad Things Happen builds like a Midwestern thunderhead into an atmosphere of darkness, dread, and impending doom. It is a hypnotically readable novel, with richly wrought characters, a corkscrew plot, and dialog worthy of Elmore Leonard. What a breathtaking debut.” —Douglas Preston, author of The Monster of Florence and Blasphemy
Praise for the novels of Harry Dolan
and#8220;Harry Dolan knows how to write a book that grabs you.and#8221; and#8212;The Arizona Republic
and#8220;A neat technical achievement [and] a nuanced piece of fiction.and#8221; and#8212;Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
and#8220;A riveting crime noveland#8230;Relentless pacing, a wry sense of humor, and an engaging protagonist add up to another winner for Dolan.and#8221; and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;The rare crime novel with something for everyone who reads crime fiction.and#8221; and#8212;Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
and#8220;Unless youand#8217;re clairvoyant, you will be blindsided at least four times in this slowly unraveling story of an oddly normal, single-minded killerand#8230; Simply great storytelling.and#8221; and#8212;San Antonio Express-News
David Loogan finds himself drawn into a friendship with the publisher of a mystery magazine. But as several deaths are uncovered--some of them echoing stories published in the magazine--Loogan begins to look more and more like the most promising suspect.
Elizabeth Hampton is consumed by grief when her mother dies unexpectedly. Leslie Hampton cared for Elizabeths troubled brother Ronnies special needs, assuming Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. But Leslies sudden death propels Elizabeth into a world of danger and double lives that undoes everything she thought she knew....
When police discover that Leslie was strangled, they immediately suspect that one of Ronnies outbursts took a tragic turn. Elizabeth cant believe that her brother is capable of murder, but who else could have had a motive to kill their quiet, retired mother?
More questions arise when a stranger is named in Leslies will: a woman also named Elizabeth. As the familys secrets unravel, a man from Leslies past who claims to have all the answers shows up, but those answers might put Elizabeth and those she loves the most in mortal danger.
A Wall Street Journal Best Mystery of 2014!
David Loogans dark past is revealed in this prequel to Bad Things Happenthe critically acclaimed mystery that Stephen King called a great f***ing book.” On a rainy night in April, a chance encounter on a lonely road draws David into a romance with Jana Fletcher, a beautiful young law student. Jana is an enigma: living in a run-down apartment and sporting a bruise on her cheek that she refuses to explain. David would like to know her secrets, but he lets them lieuntil its too late. When Jana is brutally murdered, the police consider David a prime suspect. But as he sets out to uncover the truth about Jana, he begins to realize hes treading a very dangerous pathand that her killer is watching every move he makes.
David Loogans dark past is revealed in this prequel to Bad Things Happenthe critically acclaimed mystery that Stephen King called a great fucking book.” On a rainy night in April, a chance encounter on a lonely road draws David into a romance with Jana Fletcher, a beautiful young law student. Jana is an enigma: living in a run-down apartment and sporting a bruise on her cheek that she refuses to explain. David would like to know her secrets, but he lets them lieuntil its too late. When Jana is brutally murdered, the police consider David a prime suspect. But as he sets out to uncover the truth about Jana, he begins to realize hes treading a very dangerous pathand that her killer is watching every move he makes.
About the Author
David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. His previous novels include Cemetery Girl and The Hiding Place, and he has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.