After the sudden disappearance of two high-priced detectives, former Indianapolis cop Frank Behrthe brooding private investigator introduced in David Levien's nationally acclaimed novel City of the Sunis pulled into a case that is harrowing, relentless, and, ultimately, personal.
Early in the dark, Indianapolis morning, Frank Behr's friend and mentor is murderedwith no motive and no trace of evidence left behind. Behr, a quiet, mountainous former cop, thirsts for answers and retaliation. But before he can make headway in the dead-end investigation, an exclusive private firm approaches him with a delicate proposition: two of its detectives have gone missing, and the firm wants Behr to find out what happened to them. Prodded to take the case by his old bossthe Indianapolis chief of police who holds the strings to Frank's possible return to the forceBehr accepts.
The search for the missing detectives takes Behr into the recesses of Indianapolis's underworld, a place rife with brutality and viceand a stark contrast to the city's gentle public image. As Behr calls on old street contacts and his hard-boiled investigative skills, he is led deeper into a twisted society of organized crime and an unknown landscape of "pea-shake" houseslow-rent, transient gambling rings staged in condemned buildings around the city. Unexpectedly, Behr uncovers a shocking thread connecting the missing detectives to his friend's brutal murder, and, in the process, Behr is forced to confront an ominous, deadly new breed of crime family.
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"Despite the book's hefty body count, Levien is more interested in exploring the nature of violence, contrasting the controlled beauty of jujitsu with the unpredictable dangers of gunfights." - Publishers Weekly
"A gifted writer's sophomore slump. Wait till next year." - Kirkus Reviews
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David Levien was born in New York and attended the University of Michigan. After graduating, he spent three years in Los Angeles working in the film business, and began writing screenplays and fiction. With life-long friend Brian Koppelman, Levien has worked as a screenwriter, director and producer of many feature films.
Levien is the author of five novels, including City of the Sun. He lives in Connecticut and works in New York.
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