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Eleven Days

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Eleven Days

A Novel of the Heartland

By Donald Harstad

Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553581485, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 1999


In a mesmerizing debut, cop-turned-author Donald Harstad uses real-life events to paint a jarring picture of crime in America's heartland--where two-stoplight towns no longer offer refuge from modern-day brutality.

Life in Maitland, Iowa, is usually predictable, even for a cop. But all that changes the day Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman's dispatcher receives the terrifying 911 call. The day cops find the mutilated bodies at a remote farmhouse. The first of eleven days Carl will never forget.

As hotshot investigators fly in from New York, Carl and his fellow cops use old-fashioned detective work to piece together clues. But to turn suspicions into suspects, Carl must search among his closest friends to find a killer who has shocked and bewildered cops who'd thought they'd seen it all. And before it's over, Carl will be forced into an unrelenting spiral of chaos, coming face-to-face with evil he never dreamed could exist in Maitland...or anywhere else.

About the Author
Donald Harstad is a twenty-six-year veteran of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department in northeastern Iowa. A former deputy sheriff, Harstad lives with his wife, Mary, in Elkader, Iowa. "Eleven Days" is his first novel. "From the Hardcover edition."

Praise For Eleven Days

"A hell of a first novel... Gripping and unsettling."
--Michael Connelly

"With one startling twist after another, this grisly but cunningly sophisticated story is truly frightening."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Downright explosive! The descriptions of the police work rival Wambaugh's best."
--Publishers Weekly

"Harstad...advances the scary (and perversely entertaining) notion that people are just as cuckoo in the heartland as they are in the wicked city."
--The New York Times Book Review