By Sean Chercover
William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780061128691, 304pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
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Fact: A lonely woman was murdered by her disturbed coworker.
Fact: The police have investigated.
Fact: The case is closed.
But facts are not truth. And the truth was supposed to stay buried with the dead. . . .
From acclaimed author Sean Chercover comes the relentlessly gripping follow-up to his award-winning debut novel, Big City, Bad Blood
Still suffering the physical and emotional consequences of going up against the Chicago Outfit, PI Ray Dudgeon needs an easy gig. A routine investigation of an open-and-shut case sounds perfect. The job is a loser, but the pay is good, and maybe Ray will bring some peace to a grieving father who yearns to learn the truth about the daughter he never really knew.
But what begins as routine soon spirals out of control. The victim was not simply a quiet, shy, unassuming single woman whose luck ran out. She lived a double life, working in the shadowy realm of covert intelligence. In a world built on secrets and lies, she fought bravely for truth—and gave her life in the fight.
Suddenly, Ray finds himself caught in a war between private contractors and the darkest sectors of our own government—a war that stretches from the closed-door hearings of Congress to the frontlines of Iraq.
Ensnared in a conspiracy of darkness that weaves its way through the very fabric of the nation, Ray must discover who's really pulling the strings before he becomes collateral damage in America's war on terror.No peril Ray Dudgeon has faced in the past could've prepared him for this. The stakes couldn't be any higher, and no enemy could be more powerful. Ray is in way over his head.
And his greatest enemy may be himself.
“Plenty of exciting and scary action....Could be the first of a new age of crime fiction....[Chercover] seems on his way to becoming the Ross Macdonald of his time, close to rubbing shoulders with Dashiell Hammett in the Crime Writers’ Hall of Fame.”
“Trigger City will grip you from start to end…another masterful stroke from the pen of Sean Chercover.”
-The Strand Magazine
“Taut, hair-raising and ultimately enriching. You will not be disappointed.”
-Andrew Gross, author of The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide
“A riveting and terrifying novel—a true thriller in every sense of the word. . . . Masterful.”
-Sara Paretsky, author of Burning Kansas and Fire Sale
“The writing is superb—dark poetry and violence in a seamless narrative of love, pain and redemption. Trigger City will break your heart in ways you never imagined.”
-Ken Bruen, author of Priest and The Guards
“Trigger City . . . grabs you hard on the first page and doesn’t let go, even after you’ve closed the book.”
-Tasha Alexander, author of A Fatal Waltz
“Trigger City is a compelling story . . . sharp, translucent, and original—Sean Chercover seems incapable of penning a cliché.”
-Loren D. Estleman, author of Frames
“Packed with action and heart-breaking moments of truth.”
-Robert Crais, author of The Watchman
“Highly entertaining....Chercover is a colorful, quotable writer.”