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The Strangler [Paperback]

William Landay
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"A gripping, grown-up tale, punctuated by shocks, that leads to a shattering conclusion." (Evening Standard)

"Landay's depiction of a turbulent period makes compulsive reading." (Seven, Sunday Telegraph)

"A dense and satisfying novel of crime and retribution." (Independent on Sunday)

"(A) marvellous novel ... a delicate portrayal of fatally compromised lives in a compromised city." (Telegraph)

"A meaty, ambitious book, made all the more powerful by an author unafraid to tackle the complexities of moral ambiguity." (The Guardian)

Book Description

The electrifying and epic story of one Irish-American family, a city under siege, and the long shadow cast by the most infamous killer of his day...

From the Inside Flap

Boston, 1963. A city on the edge. On street corners, newsboys hawk the shocking headline: Kennedy Is Dead. In the city’s underworld, a mob war rages. But what Bostonians most fear is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims, a murderer whose name is indelibly linked to their city: the Boston Strangler.

For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. They are simply on different sides. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop whose gambling habits – fast women, slow horses drag him down into the city’s gangland. Michael is the middle son; a Harvard-educated lawyer working for an ambitious attorney general, he finds himself assigned to the embattled Strangler task force. And Ricky, the devil-may-care youngest, floats above the fray as an expert burglar – until the Strangler strikes too close to home.

As Joe’s mob debts close in around him…and Michael becomes snarled in a murder investigation gone very wrong…and Ricky is hunted by both sides of the law…the three brothers – and the women who love them – are forced to make difficult choices. Now each must look deeper into a killer’s murderous rage, into their family’s own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them for ever. As William Landay’s complex, compassionate and terrifying novel builds to a climax, two mysteries will collide – and a shattering truth will be revealed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Boston, 1963. A city on the edge. The Boston Strangler has already claimed a dozen victims.

For the three Daley brothers, crime is very much the family business but the Strangler's murderous spree is about to bring violent death a lot closer to home:

Joe - tough-talking cop whose gambling habits - fast women, slow horses - drag him down into the city's gangland.

Michael - Harvard-educated lawyer, tasked to bring the Strangler to justice.

Ricky - expert burglar and the devil-may-care youngest son who is used to leading a charmed life.

When the Strangler strikes, they will all be forced to look into their family's own lethal secrets and the one death in the past that has changed them forever...

'A gripping, grown-up tale, that leads to a shattering conclusion'

Evening Standard

'Compulsive reading'

Sunday Telegraph

'A meaty, ambitious book'


'A complex mystery that builds to an unpredictable climax'


About the Author

William Landay is the author of the highly acclaimed Mission Flats, which was awarded the John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best debut crime novel of 2003. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, he was an assistant district attorney before turning to writing. He lives in Boston, where he is at work on his next novel.
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