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Bad Things Happen

By Harry Dolan

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Format: Hardback, 338 pages
Published In: United States, 23 July 2009
The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Heas hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streetsaand into an affair with Laura, Tomas sleek blond wife. What Loogan doesnat realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong. Bad things happen. People die. Elizabeth Waishkey is a single mother. Sheas also the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department. But when Tom Kristoll turns up dead, she doesnat know quite what to make of David Loogan. Is he a killer, or an ally who might help her discover the truth? Loogan suspects his friendas death is part of a much larger puzzle, and heas not going to wait for someone else to put the pieces together. As Loogan and Elizabeth navigate their way through Kristollas world, they find no shortage of people with motives for murder, from a young graduate student obsessed with Laura Kristoll to a trio of bestselling writers, all of them with secrets they donat want uncovered. But as the deaths start mounting upasome of them echoing stories published in Gray StreetsaLoogan begins to look more and more like the most promising suspect. Soon it becomes clear that only Elizabeth can find the path to solving both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself.
EAN: 9780399155635
ISBN: 0399155635
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books
Dimensions: 23.42 x 16 x 2.97 centimetres (0.55 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years


From the ominous first sentence of Dolan's debut-"The shovel has to meet certain requirements"-noir fans will know they're in for a treat. The fun begins when the enigmatic David Loogan lands an editing job at the Michigan-based mystery magazine Gray Streets. He befriends the publisher, Tom, and also enters into an affair with Tom's wife. When Tom asks David to help him dispose of a corpse, things really start to unravel. While deftly navigating numerous plot twists, actor/narrator Erik Davies (The Orpheus Deception) offers a crisp, droll delivery that's spot on. For all fans of hard-boiled fiction. [The Putnam hc was "highly recommended for readers who enjoy twisty and witty crime thrillers," LJ 7/09.-Ed.]-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., Garrettsville, OH Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Dolan's highly praised debut has shades of Elmore Leonard in its realistic dialogue that is at once over-the-top but true to form. The story takes place in Ann Arbor, Mich., where David Loogan has just accepted a position at Gray Streets mystery magazine-and embarked on an affair with his new boss's wife. It's not long before bodies begin turning up left and right, and a young investigator is involved. Abby Erik Davies delivers a performance so raw and exposed that listening becomes less a choice and more a compulsion. It's brilliant on every level. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, May 25). (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

""Bad Things Happen" is a very smart, well- written roller coaster ride that is always threatening to hurl the reader out into roaring empty space. Go along for the thrill ride!" -James Patterson "A tense read that keeps you tightly in its grip until the very last page. Harry Dolan has written an incredibly rich, smart read reminiscent of "A Simple Plan" or "Presumed Innocent"-not to mention that it's just a damn good story." -Karin Slaughter "From the astringent first sentence- 'The shovel has to meet certain requirements'-"Bad Things Happen" builds like a mid-western thunderhead into an atmosphere of darkness, dread, and impending doom. It is a hypnotically readable novel, with richly wrought characters, a corkscrew plot, and dialogue worthy of Elmore Leonard. What a breathtaking debut." -Douglas Preston, author of "The Monster of Florence" and "Blasphemy" "A wonderfully moody and atmospheric story reminiscent of the masters of the noir myste

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