City of the Sun
By David Levien
Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385523660, 320pp.
Publication Date: February 26, 2008
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Riveting suspense in the tradition of Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, City of the Sun introduces retired detective Frank Behr—an imposing, charismatic former cop who agrees to take the case of a boy who’s been missing for over a year.
Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban Indianapolis neighborhood. He is twelve years old. Somewhere en route, as the October sky lightens, he vanishes without a trace.
Fourteen months later, Paul and Carol Gabriel are on the verge of abandoning all hope. Crushed by frustrating dead ends and exhausted by a police force that cannot (or will not) find their son, the Gabriels finally find a ray of hope: the name of an elusive private investigator who may represent their last chance.
Frank Behr is an enigmatic mountain of a man, a former cop who wants to help—but knows better than to give the Gabriels any hope of a happy ending. He has worked this kind of case too often. But Paul’s plea stirs up old personal demons that Behr can no longer ignore. Going against everything he fears, Behr enters into an uneasy partnership with Paul on a quest for the truth that is, in turn, dangerous … and haunting.
Richly textured and crackling with suspense on every page, City of the Sun weaves a moody narrative that hinges on the bond between a damaged detective and a lost father. From the antiseptic comforts of suburban Indianapolis to the city’s seamy underworld, David Levien introduces a private investigator as complex, idiosyncratic, and sympathetic as any in modern crime fiction. Levien is a gifted storyteller who will keep readers guessing right up until the final, explosive scene.
"CITY OF THE SUN is one of the best books I've read in years. Compelling doesn't begin to describe it. All consuming is more like it. A gripping, lightning-paced trip to the dark side of town that will leave you shaken, and the better for it. A great read!"
–Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author
“Here’s what to expect when reading City of the Sun: relentless suspense that will not let you out of its grasp, and a cast of characters who are so utterly real you’ll forget you’re reading fiction. David Levien’s novel is moody, riveting, and special.”
–Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of The Woods
“City of the Sun is hard, mean, beautiful, touching–a dazzling novel. With this book, David Levien has placed himself among the best writers in the field. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike would be proud to call ex-cop Frank Behr their friend.”
–Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of The Watchman
“One of the toughest, most gut-wrenching, and most believable suspense novels I’ve ever encountered. If David Levien pulled any punches, I was too dazed to notice.”
–Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm
“Crackles with raw intensity…complex and heartbreaking. Fans of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch will be particularly delighted.”
–Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“Veteran screenwriter David Levien imagines with icy, almost sadistic precision in his thriller City of the Sun.”
“A nerve-jangling novel that places ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.”
–Carol Memmott, USA Today
“A remarkably assured exercise in grabbing you by the throat and shaking you until the very end.”
“Levien is obviously schooled in suspense…A rare thriller.”
–The Daily News