Jay Porter Takes on the Brutality of Small-town Political Power and Insatiable Greed
At an AA meeting, handyman and part-time investigator Jay Porter meets a recovering addict who needs his help. In the midst of another grueling northern New Hampshire winter, Amy Lupus' younger sister, Emily, has gone missing from the Coos County Center, the newly opened rehab run by Jay's old nemeses, Adam and Michael Lombardi.
As Jay begins looking into Emily's disappearance, he finds that all who knew Emily swear that she's never used drugs. She's a straight shooter and an intern at a newspaper investigating the Center and the horrendous secret hidden in it—or beneath it.
When Jay learns of a "missing" hard drive, he is flung back to five years ago when his own junkie brother, Chris, found a hard drive belonging to Lombardi Construction. For years Jay assumed that the much-sought-after hard drive contained incriminating photos of Adam and Michael's father, which contributed to Chris' death. But now he believes the hard drive harbored a secret far more sinister, which the missing Lupus sister may have unwittingly discovered.
The deeper Jay digs, the more poisoned the ground gets, and the two cases become one, yielding a toxic truth with local fallout—and far-reaching ramifications.
Perfect for Fans of Dennis Lehane
While all of the novels in the Jay Porter Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Give Up the Dead
Rag and Bone
Clifford's depressing fourth Jay Porter novel (after 2017's Give Up the Dead) finds Jay, a 36-year-old recovering alcoholic who suffers from panic attacks, attending an AA meeting in Ashton, N.H., where he can't help noticing Amy Lupus, an attractive woman about his age. Jay clears estates for a living, but Amy is aware that he does investigative work on the side and asks him to locate her missing sister, Emily. Emily, a drug user, is supposed to be at the Coos County Center, a new rehab facility in town, but she left. Jay reluctantly agrees to help, knowing he's headed for trouble because the center was built by his old enemies, brothers Adam and Michael Lombardi. Jay's nerve is soon tested when the first person he talks to about Emily gets stabbed in the neck with a screw driver. The inconclusive ending promises that Jay's fight with the Lombardis is far from over. Clifford breaks no new ground in this downbeat crime thriller.
Shaky plot line, unbelievable characters. and is the first installment of a series. Book doesn't remotely stand on it's own. Won't be reading more.