Everyone has the same questions about best friends Owen and Luna: What binds them together so tightly? Why weren’t they ever a couple? And why do people around them keep turning up dead? In this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Passenger, every answer raises a new, more chilling question.
“Masterfully plotted, The Accomplice is both a keep-you-guessing mystery and a keenly and tenderly observed character study.”—Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird and Heaven, My Home
Owen Mann is charming, privileged, and chronically dissatisfied. Luna Grey is secretive, cautious, and pragmatic. Despite their differences, they form a bond the moment they meet in college. Their names soon become indivisible—Owen and Luna, Luna and Owen—and stay that way even after an unexplained death rocks their social circle.
They’re still best friends years later, when Luna finds Owen’s wife brutally murdered. The police investigation sheds light on some long-hidden secrets, but it can’t penetrate the wall of mystery that surrounds Owen. To get to the heart of what happened and why, Luna has to dig up the one secret she’s spent her whole life burying.
The Accomplice examines the bonds of shared history, what it costs to break them, and what happens when you start wondering how well you know the one person who truly knows you.
In 2002, gregarious Owen Mann and fiercely guarded (for good reason) Luna Grey, the protagonists of this darkly comic, fast-paced thriller from bestseller Lutz (The Swallows), immediately click as freshmen at Markham University, forming a profound, though strictly platonic bond. They also share a curious propensity for becoming persons of interest in homicide probes, as detectives in Deerkill, N.Y., the Hudson Valley town near where both are living with their spouses in 2019, discover when the police start to investigate the murder of Owen's wife, whose body Luna reports finding while jogging through the local cemetery. The author employs this suspenseful whodunit as a springboard for graceful dives into the friends' complicated shared history and secrets as well as a present and a future far murkier than readers expect. Quirky characters, humor in unexpected places, and a twisty but plausible plot keep the pages turning. Readers will be torn between eagerness to get to the bottom of the novel's mysteries and reluctance for the adventure to end. Agent: Stephanie Kip Rostan, Levine Greenberg Literary.