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City of the Sun : Frank Behr series 1

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Twelve-year-old Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban neighbourhood. Somewhere en route, he vanishes without a trace. Fourteen months later, still with no sign of Jamie and having lost all faith in the police, his parents Paul and Carol are on the verge of abandoning hope. Then they meet private investigator Frank Behr, a tough, reclusive ex-cop. Abandoned by his former colleagues, separated from his wife and haunted by his own terrible past, Behr doesn't make it a practice to take on hopeless cases, but the desperate couple's plea for help awakens a personal pain he can't ignore.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 38mm | 340.19g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552159689
  • 9780552159685
  • 1,015,174

Review quote

"The most impressive crime debut of the year ... grips from the off" Evening Standard "Relentless suspense that will not let you out of its grasp, and a cast of characters who are so utterly real you'll forget you're reading fiction. David Levien's novel is moody, riveting, and special" HARLAN COBEN "Heart-stopping suspense and a heartbreaking story" LEE CHILD "The best thing about this high-gloss, high-concept thriller is that it is actually a proper, well-written book, not merely a treatment in disguise, which delivers on its initial promise and packs an unexpectedly hefty emotional punch" Guardian "Gripping ... Levien's skill is to chart the emotional plight of the parents within the twists and turns of a fast-moving and complex plot" Mirrorshow more

About David Levien

David Levien is one of the top screenwriters in Hollywood. He has co-written the screenplay for Ocean's Thirteen, Runaway Jury and several others. He lives in Connecticut. His second novel featuring Frank Behr will be out in Summer 2009.show more

Review Text

"Relentless suspense that will not let you out of its grasp, and a cast of characters who are so utterly real you'll forget you're reading fiction. David Levien's novel is moody, riveting, and special"show more

Back cover copy

Twelve-year-old Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban neighbourhood. Somewhere en route he vanishes without a trace. Fourteen months later, still with no sign of Jamie and having lost all faith in the police, his parents make one last desperate plea for help. Enter Frank Behr - a tough, reclusive ex-cop, abandoned by his former colleagues, separated from his wife and haunted by his own terrible past. Behr doesn't make it a practice to take on hopeless cases, but the couple's plea for help awakens a personal pain he can't ignore . . . 'Hard, mean, beautiful, touching - a dazzling novel. With this book, David Levien has placed himself among the best writers in the field' ROBERT CRAISshow more

Rating details

1,195 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 18% (212)
4 40% (483)
3 32% (386)
2 7% (81)
1 3% (33)
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