Two worlds, one detective
“Tough but true: a first-time novelist has to bring something new to the table — something like the trumps that William Landay throws down in his high-stakes police procedural Mission Flats.”
Winner of the CWA Dagger Award as Best First Crime Novel
Widely hailed as one of the best debut crime novels of 2003, Mission Flats is the story of a young, thoughtful small-town cop caught up in a furious big-city manhunt. It is at once a page-turning mystery, a family drama, and a vivid portrait of police life. Here are the streetcorners, courtrooms, and stationhouses; the dealmakers, thugs, and quiet heroes.
By a gleaming lake in the forests of western Maine, outside a sleepy little town called Versailles, the body of a man lies sprawled in a deserted cabin. The dead man was an elite D.A. from Boston, and his beat was that city’s toughest neighborhood: Mission Flats.
Now, for small-town police chief Ben Truman—part Maine Yankee, part student of history, and altogether a reluctant young policeman—investigating the murder will require a journey to a world of mean streets and hard bargains.
Ben joins a manhunt through Mission Flats, where cops are scrambling to find their number-one suspect: Harold Braxton, a ruthless predator targeted for prosecution by the murdered D.A. To the Boston police, he is a marked man.
But as Ben watches the shadow dance of police and suspects, he begins to voice doubts about Braxton’s guilt—especially when he uncovers a secret history of murder and retribution stretching back twenty years—to a brutal cop killing now nearly forgotten.
Praise for Mission Flats
Landay writes with eloquent intensity
New York Times
A crackling debut that answers the question: Who will be the new Grisham?
Kirkus Reviews(starred review)
Marks the blooding of a major new talent, with shades of George Higgins and Scott Turow.
A stunning debut, heralding the arrival of a major new voice in mystery fiction. Landay’s action scenes are electric, his characters unforgettable. Read this book!
Rick RiordanNew York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
Landay deals out pertinent details with the finesse of a poker player. … A rich, harrowing and delightful read.
Publishers Weekly(starred review)
An excruciatingly suspenseful thriller.… Landay gives us an original detective creation in the humorous, self-deprecating Truman, and he also delivers an action-packed plot with a skillfully detonated final surprise.
Landay is a superb writer who can evoke visceral emotional reactions with skillful evocative prose, especially when describing a sense of personal loss and the scene of urban loss that is Mission Flats.