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Land of Shadows

by Rachel Howzell Hall

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Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2014
    320 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Along the ever changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen year old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton's new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from the comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it's a teenage suicide. Lou isn't buying the easy explanation.

For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self made millionaire... and the man who may have murdered Lou's missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical. Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique's case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice... before Lou becomes his next victim?

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"Starred Review. A racially explosive Los Angeles provides the backdrop for this exceptional crime novel from Hall " - Publishers Weekly

"Hall's first book, A Quiet Storm (2002), was a domestic drama about a family facing mental illness; here she moves easily into the suspense genre - where hopefully she and Officer Norton will stay for a long time to come." - Booklist

"This first procedural from Hall combines a conflicted, gutsy heroine and a complex, many-layered mystery." - Kirkus

"A fresh voice in crime fiction. Fast, funny, heartbreaking and wise...Elouise Norton is the best new character you'll meet this year." - Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

"Spellbinding. Gritty. Original, complex, profound, and riveting. This is a voice you have never heard - and will be unable to forget. Prepare to be blown away." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author

"Intense, gritty and absolutely riveting, Land of Shadows took my breath away." - Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award-winning author, Blood Always Tells

"A hardhitting tale of a modern, complex Los Angeles. Well-written and deftly paced...a story that stays with you after the last page is read." - Gary Phillips, author of Warlord of Willow Ridge

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Rachel Howzell Hall

Rachel Howzell Hall is the Foundation and Corporate Grants Manager at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles, which mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Her first novel, A Quiet Storm, received a starred review from Library Journal and was a featured selection for Borders' Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. She lives in Los Angeles.

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