Synopses & Reviews
Three years ago, working vice for the NYPD, Dan Champion uncovered a sex slavery ring run by a kingpin known only as the Fat Woman. Obsessed with bringing her down, Champion infiltrated a world of sexual obsession and perversity. He broke the case, but the case also broke him. He started taking drugs and soon began to form hallucinations
a dead child prowling the streets of New York
a beautiful woman named Samantha who would have given him the love he always wantedif shed only been real.
Now Champion is a small town detective, chasing burglars and juvenile delinquents, hanging out at the local tavern where he is romancing a waitress. The ghosts and hallucinations are finally behind him as he begins to rebuild his life. Then one night Champion is called to examine the body of a woman who has washed ashore. Yet when he looks at her face, he sees that its Samantha, the woman he dreamed about long ago...a woman who doesnt exist.
Suddenly, Champion is haunted again, only this time its by a team of expert killers who want to make sure he never finds the truth: the truth about the dead child who wanders through his imagination; the truth about the lover who inhabits his dreams; and the truth about a killer who has been on the run in the wind for a lifetime. The ghosts of the dead are all around him, and Champion has to find out who murdered them, fast, or he could become one of them himself.
"This taut, frightening psychological thriller from Edgar-winner Klavan (The Identity Man) charts the efforts of Dan Champion, a deputy in Tyler, N.Y., to find a criminal who may not exist. Three years earlier, as an NYPD detective, Dan infiltrated a sex trafficking ring that specialized in children, killing one of the organizers. But the ringleader, known only as the Fat Woman, eluded him. If she is real, no one has actually seen her. The case broke something in Dan, who, aided by his drug use, immediately began seeing visions of Alexander, a little boy, and of Samantha, a beautiful redhead. Now, Dan's dreams bump against reality when a naked, semiconscious Samantha turns up on a river bank with an enigmatic message for Dan: 'They're coming after us.' Soon Samantha vanishes from the hospital, and assassins start stalking Dan. The edgy story complements a lead character whose fragile memory can't always separate the real from the imaginary. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"If you havent read Andrew Klavan, youre in for a treat. He tells vivid stories with a conversational style thats deceptively simple but does not waste a word."Charlotte Observer
Evokes the gritty classics of Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson while spinning its own brand of hard-boiled psychological suspense. Among its other distinctions, this book gives us a detective who is tough enough to outlast the most bizarre encounters but isn't too tough to be gripped with fear.”Kirkus Reviews
Taut, frightening . . . The edgy story complements a lead character whose fragile memory cant always separate the real from the imaginary.”Publishers Weekly
"Dark, violent, seasoned with wit and fueled by anger."—Books and Culture
Klavan is worthy to be mentioned with Keith Ablow, Jonathan Kellerman, Andrew Vachss, James Patterson, and even Stephen King.”Huntington News
About the Author
Andrew Klavan is the internationally bestselling author of thirteen novels, including True Crime
, which was made into a film by Clint Eastwood, and Dont Say a Word
, made into a film starring Michael Douglas. He has been nominated for five Edgar Awards, winning twice, and is the author of the Homelanders series for Young Adults, which have been optioned by Summit Entertainment (Twilight”). His essays and op-eds on politics, religion, movies and literature have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post,
and The Los Angeles Times
. He lives in Southern California.