The Strangler

The Strangler

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This story is set Boston in the year 1963. It is 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 terrifies Bostonians most 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 of it. 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 son, 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 take sides.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 forever. As William Landay's complex, compassionate, and terrifying novel builds to a climax, two mysteries will collide - and a shattering truth will be more

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0593049357
  • 9780593049358
  • 2,022,695

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Irish grief implodes in 1963 Boston.The Daley boys dislike their father Joe Senior's ex-partner, Brendan Conroy, who's moved in on their mother within a year of their father's death on the job. Is there a reason Brendan let Joe walk first down an alley into an ambush? How come the perp has never been found? That's just the beginning of the Daley troubles. Joe Jr., a cop like his dad, has so much gambling debt that he's forced to become a bagman for Vinny "The Animal" Gargano. Ricky, an upscale burglar, has drawn the ire of racketeer Capobianco by heisting diamonds from a swell who's under his protection. And Michael, a functionary in the Attorney General's Eminent Domain Division, has antagonized his boss by insisting that Albert DeSalvo, who's confessed to being the Strangler who throttled 13 women, is just a publicity-seeking nut case. Even when Ricky's reporter girlfriend Amy is murdered, with all the earmarks of a Strangler killing even though DeSalvo's been in lockup, the A.G. still swears he did it, prompting Michael to investigate matters further. Coming up: more dead cops, more battles among crooks and a Strangler-like murder on the other side of the country.In between a slow start and a coda too cute, Landay (Mission Flats, 2003) shows a truly sizzling Boston. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About William Landay

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 more

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