Blood of Angels (Mass Market Paperback)

By Reed Arvin

HarperTorch, 9780060596354, 400pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2006



Reed Arvin's previous novel, The Last Goodbye, was "the best thing a thriller can be: suspenseful, intelligent, and well written" (Harlan Coben), and had the critics raving: People magazine stated, "You'll be hooked," and the New York Times declared it "sultry, devious, adrenaline-boosting suspense." Now comes a vivid and haunting tale of one man's search for the truth -- no matter what the consequences.

Thomas Dennehy, senior prosecutor in Davidson County, Tennessee, doesn't recognize Nashville anymore: a decade of relentless immigration means cops are learning Spanish, and the DA' s office is looking for Vietnamese translators. Thomas's latest case is prosecuting Moses Bol, a Sudanese refugee who faces the death penalty for killing a white woman in the Nations, a notorious, racially charged part of town. Bol's conviction seems certain, until a university professor claims Thomas sent the wrong man to the death chamber in a previous case. The DA' s office is rocked to its core, but within days another blow falls: a beautiful and brilliant anti-death penalty activist mysteriously surfaces as Bol's alibi, claiming she was with him at the time of the crime. Bol's case becomes a lightning rod as protesters on all sides converge on Nashville and tensions threaten to explode.

Meanwhile, Bol's alibi has her own secrets -- and is terrified of someone working behind the scenes to get what he wants -- even if it means murder.

Will Dennehy be able to piece things together before everything he believes about the law, and about justice, is torn apart?

Vivid with the emotional complexity that has become the hallmark of Reed Arvin's work, Blood of Angels is filled with nonstop action, impeccable detail, and unforgettable characters, making this a novel that is impossible to resist.

Praise For Blood of Angels

“...another winner that thriller, mystery and general fiction readers alike will relish.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Arvin weaves together disparate elements into a coherent and often thought-provoking tale.”
-Pittsburgh Tribune

“Intriguing...clever. A-”
-Entertainment Weekly

“A suspenseful story line that takes hold of the reader from the very beginning to the book’s close.”
-New York Law Journal

“(BLOOD OF ANGELS is) the kind of book that makes ‘unputdownable’ and ‘page-turner’more than just cliches.”
-Chicago Tribune Books

“Fast-paced action, unexpected twists…keeps the pages turning until the end.”
-Denver Post

“Tense, evocative prose...fiendishly clever and eloquently penned.
-Providence Journal

“Arvin weaves his plot and his chacters together with remarkable empathy...A legal thriller with soul.”
-Wichita Eagle

“An old-fashioned thriller with modern-technology smarts.”
-Chicago Tribune Books

“...the first summer-movie blockbuster of the year.”
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Absorbing...briskly paced (with) realistic characters whose fervent beliefs shape their actions.”
-The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

“Arvin piles on the action in this nail-biting Tennessee tale of misplaced revenge.”
-New Orleans Times-Picayune

“The pace is fast and...Arvin saves a satisfying surprise for the finale.”
-Boston Globe

“Briskly-paced...a fresh approach to the thriller.”
-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“This nail-biter is Arvin’s third thriller...and each has been better than the last.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“Arvin keeps the action swift and the tension high.”
-Calgary Sun