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Mission Flats by William Landay

Mission Flats

by William Landay

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gritty Boston gang activity w/dirty cops; suspense/romance
  aletheia21 | Jan 19, 2014 |
"Mission Flats" features small town police chief Ben Truman of Versailles, Maine. His father was chief before him and Ben left grad school in Boston to return home and care for his mother who had Alzheimer's disease.

As part of his job, he would check the summer cottages and on this occasion, he finds a body who has been murdered. It is of a Boston DA and the crime staged to point the finger at a notorious Boston drug dealer.

As the investigation gets under way, Boston officials try to take control but Ben insists that since the crime happened in his town, he wants to be part of the group. He goes to Boston to have a more active role in finding the killer and as he does, he finds more secrets that someone doesn't want to be known.

Since he is an out of towner, Ben is paired with retired Boston detective, John Kelly.

The author makes the reader care what happens to Ben and the plot is well developed with a number of well placed surprises, including an ending that is unforgettable.

Critics have enjoyed this book and it won the Dagger award for best debut novel. ( )
  mikedraper | Mar 4, 2013 |
One of the best legal/police/mysteries I have read in a very long time. Move over Scott Turow! Ben Truman has inherited the job of sheriff of small town Versailles from his father, and discovers a body in one of the lakeside cabins during his off season security rounds. The investigation begins… as do the plot twists and turns. Read this for sheer enjoyment. ( )
  CarterPJ | Mar 9, 2012 |
This novel shows life as a police officer in two different places; Mission Flats in Boston and Versailles, a small town in Maine. Ben Truman, the police chief of Versailles finds the body of a D.A of Boston in a cabin on the lake. Ben Truman becomes emerged entangled in the investigation of the murder and finds that his investigation leads him back to murders that happened years ago. He finds out that the D.A's murder isn't as clear-cut as it looks.

I loved getting to see the point-of-view of a police officer during an investigation. I also loved the contrast between the Boston police officers and Ben Truman the police chief of a small town. This novel was filled with suspense and turns that will leave you guessing at who has committed these murders. At one point during the book I thought I had everything figured out but I learned just how wrong I had it. I would recommend this novel to fans of crime fiction and to anyone who loves a good read. ( )
  dpappas | Dec 18, 2011 |
The story revolves around small-town sheriff Ben Truman. Ben is sort of an accidental sheriff, he took over from his father, the long-time sheriff of their Maine town, following the death of Ben's mother. On his regular rounds, Ben discovers a murdered body in one of the lakeside cabins which has been closed up for the season. The plot follows Ben as he determines to be part of the investigation even as it is taken over by the Boston Police Department. The plot is intense and the characters are well-drawn. However, the standout in this book is Landay's utterly unique voice. This is his description of a criminal defense attorney, "Beck had the look of a True Believer. His hair was a snarl of salt-and-pepper curls that tumbled over his collar. Plastic pens poked out of various pockets. His necktie was wrenched loose. The message in all this anti-fashion seemed to be: Citizens, fighting Government Oppression is hard work! I have no time to worry about clothes! It was pretty effective, actually."
For more of the review, see my blog: http://thejoieofreading.typepad.com/joannalongbourneblog/2010/01/index.html ( )
  joannalongbourne | Feb 27, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440237394, Mass Market Paperback)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

Former D.A. William Landay explodes onto the suspense scene with an electrifying novel about the true price of crime and the hidden corners of the criminal justice system. Only an insider could so vividly capture Boston’s gritty underworld of cops and criminals. And only a natural storyteller could weave this mesmerizing tale of murder and memory, a story about the hold of time past over time present–and the story of one unforgettable young policeman who ventures into the most dangerous place of all.

By a gleaming lake in the forests of western Maine, outside a sleepy town called Versailles, the body of a man lies sprawled in a deserted cabin. The dead man was an elite D.A. from Boston, and his beat was that city’s toughest neighborhood: Mission Flats.

Now, for small-town police chief Ben Truman, investigating the murder will mean leaving his quiet, haunted home and journeying to an alien world of hard streets and hard bargains, where the fierce struggle between police and criminals is fought for the ultimate stakes.

Ben joins a manhunt through Mission Flats, where cops are scrambling to find their number-one suspect: Harold Braxton, a ruthless predator targeted for prosecution by the murdered D.A. To the Boston police, Braxton is a marked man. But as Ben watches the shadow dance of cops and suspects, he begins to voice doubts about Braxton’s guilt…especially when he uncovers a secret history of murder and retribution stretching back twenty years…back to a brutal killing now nearly forgotten. As past and present collide and a bloody mystery unfolds, only one thing remains certain: the most powerful
revelations are yet to come.

Mission Flats is at once a relentless page-turning mystery and a vivid portrait of a cop’ s life. Here are the street corners, courtrooms, and stationhouses; the deal makers, thugs, and quiet heroes. An unforgettable world–and the luminous, boundary-breaking debut of a new voice in suspense fiction–Mission Flats will haunt you long after the final pages.

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"By a placid lake in western Maine, outside a sleepy town called Versailles, a man's body lies sprawled in a deserted cabin. The dead man was an elite D.A. from Boston, and his beat was that city's toughest neighborhood: Mission Flats. For Versailles police chief Ben Truman, investigating the murder will mean leaving his quiet, haunted home--and journeying to an alien world of hard streets and hard bargains. Ben joins a manhunt through Boston, where cops have zeroed in on a suspect. But he soon suspects the man is innocent--especially when he uncovers a secret history of murder and retribution stretching back twenty years. And as past and present collide, one thing remains certain: the most powerful revelations are yet to come."--from cover, p. [4]… (more)

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