By James Patrick Hunt
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312362768, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 6, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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On a busy suburban street at almost nine o'clock on a misty November evening, two beat cops are machine-gunned down in one of the most brutal crimes St. Louis has ever seen. Did Deputy Chris Hummel and Deputy Wade Childers simply pull over the wrong reckless driver, or did someone target these two for a more sinister reason?
Lieutenant George Hastings is the primary investigator on the case, along with his detective Bobby Cain, an inexperienced but connected detective who is ambitious and impolitic. Hastings and Cain dissect the lives the two murdered officers, focusing in on Hummel after they learn that he did a year-long stint with narcotics undercover and helped put away one of the biggest meth dealers in the area. But what they uncover is much bigger than one bitter dealer's revenge, and much more personal.
With The Betrayers, James Patrick Hunt decisively marks his territory as a crime novelist to rival the best writers on the shelf today.
James Patrick Hunt, a lawyer, was born in Surrey, England. He graduated from St. Louis University and Marquette University Law School and is the author of three previous novels. This is his first novel featuring George Hastings. Hunt now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Praise for James Patrick Hunt "Intricate, completely convincing, and scorching hot, The Betrayers is reminiscent of the best of Elmore Leonard…yes, it's that good."
--George Pelecanos, author of The Night Gardener"This is an extraordinary debut that harkens back to Elmore Leonard's classic City Primeval... Great modern noir, don't miss it, and clamor for more."--Booklist (starred review) on Maitland"Hunt mixes his pitches expertly."--Kirkus Reviews on Maitland "Hunt writes with a nice economy of language, and the book is packed with juicy action scenes." --Chicago Tribune on Maitland Under Siege