Can anyone ever truly outrun his past?
Back in the 1980s, Wes Raney was an ambitious New York City Narcotics Detective with a growing drug habit of his own. While working undercover on a high-risk case, he made decisions that ultimately cost him not only his career, but also his family. Disgraced, Raney fled-but history is finally catching up with him.
Now in his early forties, Raney has been living in exile, the sole homicide investigator covering a two-hundred-mile stretch of desert in New Mexico. His solitude is his salvation-but it ends when a brutal drug deal gone wrong results in a triple murder. Staged in a locked underground bunker, the crime reawakens Raney's haunted and violent past.
From the vast, unforgiving landscape of the American west to the mean streets of New York, The Exiled is at once a riveting murder mystery and a brilliant portrait of a man on the run from himself, an unforgettable thriller that is "impossible to put down" (Frank Bill).
Charles, the pseudonym of Christopher Narozny (Jonah Man), chronicles the fraught career of Wes Raney, a former New York City narcotics detective, in this dark gem of a novel. In Brooklyn in 1984, Wes, a drug-addicted undercover cop, attempted to bust a sadistic crime boss with results that led to his disgrace and his exile to rural New Mexico, where he became a homicide detective. In 2002, he investigates multiple murders in what appears to be a drug deal gone bad. The case reawakens something long dormant in Raney, and as he reevaluates the wreckage of his past, he's forced to confront old demons once again. Powered by relentless pacing and fully realized characters, this brutal narrative illuminates the harrowing realms of drug addiction and organized crime. Readers won't soon forget Raney's blood-soaked and coke-fueled journey through self-loathing to some semblance of salvation.