Theodore Weesner The True Detective

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The True Detective, Gil Dulac, is a small town police investigator who sees his sleepy city of Portsmouth, NH, being infested with a sexual pathology that, in its breadth of depravity, is breaking out like a pandemic. It’s no surprise to Dulac when a twelve-year-old boy turns up missing. Child abduction grips the city, along with Dulac’s obsessive sense of justice. Now, as the clock winds down on a horrifying reality, Dulac must use his wits, his resolve and his deepest life experiences to recover the boy alive. Weesner takes the reader deep into the conflicting desires and motivations of a broken family, a sexually confused perpetrator, and an immensely complex investigating detective, to create a lightning-fast literary thriller that is both powerful and heartbreakingly realistic.

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The late, great, Theodore (Ted) Weesner died in 2015. Known as the 'Writer's writer' by the larger literary community, his novels and short works were published to great critical acclaim. Born in Flint, Michigan, to an alcoholic father and teenage mother who abandoned him aged one, he spent a large part of his childhood in an unofficial foster home of an immobile woman of over five hundred pounds. This, however, gave him and his elder brother, Jack, a degree of freedom to explore and have a wide variety of childhood adventures. He nevertheless became introspective as a teenager, with a rebellious streak, which led to him not graduating from high school and also becoming involved in petty crime. Eventually returning to the care of his father, he finally took off on his own when he lied about his age and joined the Army aged seventeen. It was the Army that finally had the influence previously lacking in Weesner's life, and whist serving he earned a high school equivalency diploma, which on leaving allowed him to gain a place at Michigan State University and then an M.F.A. degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His experiences in the Army also provided material for two of his later books, and others gained from his many years of teaching at the University of New Hampshire, and later Emerson College. Put together with his earlier life experiences, ample material was available to provide a background for his plots, once he had honed his writing skills, and his works never lost their air of reality and his inherent understanding of human behaviour. His first novel, 'The Car Thief' was published in 1972 after excerpts had appeared in 'The New Yorker' 'Esquire' and 'The Atlantic Monthly' It was a coming-of-age tale that critics found 'original, perspicacious and tender' Joseph McElroy, in 'The New York Times Book Review' referred to it as 'a story so modestly precise and so movingly inevitable that before I k

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"A compulsively readable thriller."--Joseph Coates

..".while it deals with a sensational, even loaded subject, ultimately I'd say the novel is that rare achievement, a wise book, and maybe the saddest book I've read. That it's also a page-turner is a marvel.," Stewart O'Nan, Acclaimed author of EMILY ALONE and LAST NIGHT AT THE LOBSTER--Stewart O'Nan

"A compulsively readable thriller.," Joseph Coates, The Chicago Tribune--Joseph Coates

...while it deals with a sensational, even loaded subject, ultimately I'd say the novel is that rare achievement, a wise book, and maybe the saddest book I've read. That it's also a page-turner is a marvel.--Stewart O'Nan

A compulsively readable thriller.--The Chicago Tribune

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