Where the Dead Lay
By David Levien
(Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385523677, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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After the sudden disappearance of two high-priced detectives, former Indianapolis cop Frank Behr—the brooding private investigator introduced in David Levien’s nationally acclaimed novel City of the Sun—is pulled into a case that is harrowing, relentless, and, ultimately, personal.
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Early in the dark, Indianapolis morning, Frank Behr’s friend and mentor is murdered—with no motive and no trace of evidence left behind. Behr, a quiet, mountainous former cop, thirsts for answers and retaliation. But before he can make headway in the dead-end investigation, an exclusive private firm approaches him with a delicate proposition: two of its detectives have gone missing, and the firm wants Behr to find out what happened to them. Prodded to take the case by his old boss—the Indianapolis chief of police who holds the strings to Frank’s possible return to the force—Behr accepts.
The search for the missing detectives takes Behr into the recesses of Indianapolis’s underworld, a place rife with brutality and vice—and a stark contrast to the city’s gentle public image. As Behr calls on old street contacts and his hard-boiled investigative skills, he is led deeper into a twisted society of organized crime and an unknown landscape of “pea-shake” houses—low-rent, transient gambling rings staged in condemned buildings around the city. Unexpectedly, Behr uncovers a shocking thread connecting the missing detectives to his friend’s brutal murder, and, in the process, Behr is forced to confront an ominous, deadly new breed of crime family.
Introduced in City of the Sun, Frank Behr instantly attracted critical attention and a devoted fan base, and Where the Dead Lay places Behr on a broader, edgier stage. This extraordinary crime novel stands with the best of Michael Connelly and Lee Child, featuring a brilliantly drawn, ruthless criminal family whom readers will not soon forget, and showcasing the immense talents of David Levien.
DAVID LEVIEN is the author of City of the Sun. He also cowrote the screenplays for Ocean’s Thirteen, Runaway Jury, Rounders, and the forthcoming Frankie Machine. He lives in Connecticut.
"Violent and compelling, with the flavor of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, this is American thriller writing at its rocket-fuelled, roller-coaster best."
"A punishing piece of fiction, overflowing with intrigue."
--The Free-Lance Star
Rave Reviews for David Levien's City of the Sun
"Relentless … The story conveys a piercing sense of honesty … The truth of the characters—and the intensity of their pain—is as unbearably real as it gets.”
—New York Times Book Review
“City of the Sun is going to be a finalist for thriller of the year.”
—Rocky Mountain News
“[Levien] infuses his … tale with heart-wrenching emotion.”
“City of the Sun is hard, mean, beautiful, touching—a dazzling novel.”
“A master character portrait of Behr.”
“David Levien’s novel is moody, riveting, and special.”
“One of the toughest, most gut-wrenching, and most believable suspense novels I’ve ever encountered.”
“Veteran screenwriter David Levien imagines with icy, almost sadistic precision in his thriller City of the Sun.”