Nominated BEST NOVEL by International Thriller Writers
One Man's Personal Crusade Against Corporate Greed
Having spent ten months on the run after he was framed for the murder of an estate-clearing associate, handyman Jay Porter returns to his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire. During his time as a fugitive, he searched for a hard drive?evidence that would put his longtime nemeses Adam and Michael Lombardi behind bars. But he came up empty handed.
He has nothing. No hard drive, no hope. He hasn't spoken to his ex-wife and son in almost a year and he's broke. With his reputation tarnished and employment opportunities nonexistent, Jay takes a charity assignment from old friend/flame Alison Rodgers and learns of a fire at Alison's former rehab farm. Jay is convinced that the Lombardis started a fire as a scare tactic to pressure Alison to sell.
As Jay begins to look into the origins of the fire, he hopes he will finally be able to put away his enemies. But he soon discovers that evil isn't so easy to define, and that sometimes we need to take the law into our own hands if we want justice.
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
After almost a year on the run as a murder suspect, Jay Clifford returns home to Ashton, N.H., in Clifford's impressive fifth crime novel featuring the unlikely investigator and former estate clearer (after 2018's Broken Ground). When Jay visits the Ashton PD, he's relieved to hear that the real killers of Owen Easton, a rival in the estate clearing business, have been identified, allowing him to reconnect with his ex-wife, Jenny, and their seven-year-old son, Aiden. Financially strapped and still viewed with suspicion by his neighbors, Jay accepts an offer to do odd jobs from an acquaintance with whom he's smitten, Alison Rodgers, who used to run a rehab clinic, after he learns she's divorced. Besides repairing a fence and other physically demanding work, Jay must figure out who is harassing Alison with such acts as leaving a coyote with its throat slit on her property. Clifford makes his lead's complex backstory accessible for newcomers and doesn't shy from having him engage in bad behavior, including assaulting Jenny's new husband in front of Aiden. Steve Ulfelder's fans will be pleased.