Boston, 1963. A city on edge. On street corners, newsboys hawk the
shocking headline: KENNEDY IS DEAD. In the city's underworld, a mob
war rages. But what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious
killer who has already claimed a dozen victims, a murderer whose
name is indelibly linked to their city: the Boston Strangler. This
is the electrifying backdrop of William Landay's magnificent new
novel, a story of one Irish-American family, a city under siege,
and the long shadow cast by the most infamous killer of his day . .
For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the
family business. They are simply on different sides of it. Joe is
the eldest, a tough-talking cop whose gambling habits --- fast
women, slow horses --- drag him down into the city's gangland.
Michael is the middle son; a Harvard-educated lawyer working for an
ambitious attorney general, he finds himself assigned to the
embattled Strangler task force. And Ricky, the devil-may-care
youngest son, floats above the fray as an expert burglar --- until
the Strangler strikes too close to home.
As Joe's mob debts close in around him . . . and Michael becomes
snarled in a murder investigation gone very wrong . . . and Ricky
is hunted by both sides of the law, the three brothers --- and the
women who love them --- are forced to take sides. Now each must
look deeper into a killer's murderous rage, into their family's own
lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them
forever. As William Landay's complex, compassionate, and terrifying
novel builds to a climax, two mysteries will collide --- and a
shattering truth will be revealed.
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