Crime thrills from the New York Times–bestselling author of Sunrise Highway—“One of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time” (Stephen King).
When Allison Wallis was beaten to death, Detective Francis X. Loughlin found the killer—Julian Vega, a teenager with a crush on the murdered girl. Using his natural sense of empathy, he cozied up to young Julian, convincing him to give a confession that would put him away until he was thirty-six. Twenty years later, Julian is finally out of jail, attempting to remember how to live in a world without bars, and Detective Loughlin is still on the job, his sight fading, though his instincts are still sharp. But when Allison’s blood appears at a new crime scene, everything he thought he knew about that long-ago murder is called into question. Was it really Allison they buried? Was Julian actually the killer? And if he wasn’t, who else is in danger now? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Peter Blauner including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
After sifting through the secrets of suburban life in The Last Good Day, Blauner returns with a serpentine thriller about a decades-old murder case is reopened when the killer is released from prison. Twenty years earlier, Homicide Det. Francis X. Loughlin put the grisly murder of young doctor Allison Wallis to rest with the confession of teenage Julian Vega, but now Vega has been released on a legal technicality. Vega wanders the streets of Manhattan searching for signs of his former life, and though his old and new contacts won't give him benefit of the doubt, tough litigator Debbie Aaron believes in his innocence. When the body of a female doctor is found stabbed to death in the same manner as the original case, the investigation becomes increasingly complex. DNA evidence not only confirms Vega's innocence in the current death but calls into question the nature of the original murder. Already challenged by this tough case, Loughlin struggles with a debilitating eye disease that's robbing him of his sight. Though the low-key conclusion unfurls with little fanfare, Blauner excels with the sharp characterization and surefooted plotting that fans have come to expect.