When I read the first draft of this novel, I was a new mother, fresh with vibrant and overwhelming love for my one-year-old daughter, occasionally paralyzed with fears both Little and Big: what if I cut her tender skin while trimming her tiny fingernails? What if tomorrow the big earthquake hits and the ground crumbles around us or, worse, swallows us whole?
And yet one cannot live a life free of risk—nor would I want to, not really. The constant buzz of anxiety, the maelstrom of fears we accept and even embrace each and every day, is universal, and Andrew explores those feelings within the framework of a thrilling, surprising tale of police corruption and conspiracy.
This remarkable novel introduces a brave new voice in crime fiction. In it you’ll find fears Big, Little and in between, startling acts of misconduct and corruption, and an uneasy alliance. And I hope you’ll recognize a part of yourself. If our fears are universal, then I believe our hopes are too.
- Alison Dasho, Editor