The Dead Detective (Hardcover)

By William Heffernan

Akashic Books, 9781936070619, 319pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2010



"The Dead Detective is William Heffernan's first novel in seven years, and wherever he's been, he hasn't forgotten how to write a good, gritty police procedural . . . This edgy police drama succeeds in capturing the hysteria the grips Tampa residents when a celebrity criminal . . . is found dead in a cyprus swamp with her throat cut and the word 'Evil' carved into her forehead."
--New York Times Book Review

"The Dead Detective is a meaty story that offers an intriguing and conflicted protagonist, a darkly fascinating victim, solid police procedural detail, a knowing look at the Tampa Bay area and its politics, an unlikely murderer, and a creepy denouement that hints that Harry protagonist] will be back."

"In his first new novel in seven years . . . Heffernan delivers a readable, tidy police procedural that echoes any number of popular television series, from The Mentalist to Criminal Minds, whose many fans will find this series debut enjoyable."
--Library Journal

"After a lengthy hiatus, Edgar-winner Heffernan makes a welcome return ... Tough, troubled Harry Doyle will keep readers in line."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Heffernan is a master of scene, setting, characterizations, plot, and dialogue."
--Nelson DeMille

Harry Doyle was murdered as a ten-year-old child and brought back to life by two Tampa cops. Twenty years later he has dedicated his life to putting killers behind bars as a homicide detective who has the unwanted ability to hear the postmortem whispers of murder victims. Dubbed "The Dead Detective" by his fellow cops, Doyle now faces his most difficult case--a beautiful murder victim who was a notorious child molester. It is a case that will shake Harry to his very core.

WILLIAM HEFFERNAN, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the author of fifteen novels, including such bestsellers as The Corsican and The Dinosaur Club (a New York Times bestseller).

About the Author

William Heffernan, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the author of fifteen novels, including such bestsellers as The Corsican, The Dinosaur Club (a New York Times bestseller), and Tarnished Blue (winner of an Edgar Award). Akashic Books has published trade paperback editions of Heffernan's novels Beulah Hill, Cityside, and A Time Gone By. Heffernan lives outside of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Praise For The Dead Detective

"We have a feeling that Heffernan is setting us up for more dead detective novels, which we welcome like the zealots we are."
--Time Out Chicago