Title: The Strangler
Publisher: Delacorte Press, New York
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the title page: "Bill Landay." Quarterbound in black paper-covered boards with a red-foil-lettered spine. Book is tight and unmarked; spine slant; corners sharp, head of spine lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.00); "Autographed" sticker on front panel; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002893
Synopsis: Boston, 1963. A city on edge. On street corners, newsboys hawk the shocking headline: KENNEDY IS DEAD. In the city?s underworld, a mob war rages. But what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims, a murderer whose name is indelibly linked to their city: the Boston Strangler. This is the electrifying backdrop of William Landay?s magnificent new novel, a story of one Irish-American family, a city under siege, and the long shadow cast by the most infamous killer of his day . . .
For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. They are simply on different sides of it. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop whose gambling habits?fast women, slow horses?drag him down into the city?s gangland. Michael is the middle son; a Harvard-educated lawyer working for an ambitious attorney general, he finds himself assigned to the embattled Strangler task force. And Ricky, the devil-may-care youngest son, floats above the fray as an expert burglar?until the Strangler strikes too close to home.
As Joe?s mob debts close in around him . . . and Michael becomes snarled in a murder investigation gone very wrong . . . and Ricky is hunted by both sides of the law, the three brothers?and the women who love them?are forced to take sides. Now each must look deeper into a killer?s murderous rage, into their family?s own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them forever. As William Landay?s complex, compassionate, and terrifying novel builds to a climax, two mysteries will collide?and a shattering truth will be revealed.
About the Author: William Landay is the author of the highly acclaimed Mission Flats, which was awarded the John Creasey Memorial Dagger as the best debut crime novel of 2003. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, he was an assistant district attorney before turning to writing. He lives in Boston, where he is at work on his next novel of suspense.
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