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Title:
City of the lost

Casey Duncan novels ;
Title:
City of the lost
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Publisher Info:
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, [2016]
Physical Description:
403 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
Casey Duncan novels ; book 1
General Note:
"A Minotaur Book"

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Abstract:
Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. Her best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her it's time for the two of them to disappear again. They have heard about a domestic violence support town: You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. And Rockton has just had its first real murder; they need a detective. But Casey and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

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Summary

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding--in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

An edgy, gripping crime novel from bestselling urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.


Author Notes

Kelley Armstrong is a Canadian author, primarily of fantasy works.

She has published twelve fantasy novels to date, most set in the world of Women of the Otherworld series, one crime fiction novel, and the Darkest Powers Trilogy. The latest novel in the Women of the Otherworld series is called Waking the Witch.

Her title Thirteen made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. The first book in The Age of Legends Trilogy, Sea of Shadows, made the New York Times bestseller list in April 2014.

(Publisher Provided) Kelley Armstrong was born in Ontario, Canada in 1968. She received a degree in psychology from the University of Western Ontario and then started studying computer programming at Fanshawe College so she would have time to write. Her first novel, Bitten, was published in 2001. Her other works include the Darkest Powers trilogy, the Women of the Otherworld series, the Nadia Stafford series, Age of Legends series and Darkness Rising series. Her title's Thirteen and Sea of Shadows made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Best known for her books set in the supernatural Otherworld universe (Otherworld Secrets, etc.), bestseller Armstrong introduces homicide detective Casey Duncan, who's haunted by a violent crime she once committed, in this excellent first in a new thriller series. Duncan's best friend, Diana Berry, also has a traumatic past: an abusive ex-husband determined to find her. After the latest beating, Diana persuades Duncan to go on the run with her once more-this time to the self-sustaining town of Rockton in the wilds of Canada's Yukon Territory, a place for people seeking refuge. Rockton's sheriff is reluctant to let the two women join the community, but Duncan's skills as a detective are needed to investigate a series of gruesome murders. Duncan finds that some residents have made it to Rockton under false pretenses-and are more dangerous than anyone imagined. A highly unusual set-up sets the stage for a distinctive cast of characters and a page-turning plot. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada). (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Casey and her college boyfriend, a mobster's son, are mugged; he takes off, leaving her to get beaten nearly to death. When she is sufficiently recovered, she kills the boyfriend and is never caught. In an ironic twist, Casey becomes a cop, quickly moving up the ladder to homicide detective. Her only personal relationships are with a bartender she's using for sex, and her friend Diana, whom she protects from a crazy, abusive ex-husband. The mobster finds Casey, and Diana's ex shows up; in desperation, they decide to try to get into Rockton, a nearly invisible town in the Yukon where people go to disappear. They apply and are accepted; it seems there has been a murder in Rockton, and a good detective would be an asset. Rockton is completely off the grid and is ruled by martial law. There are more gruesome murders, and in a town this small, everyone is suspect. At heart this is a blood-soaked, locked-room mystery on steroids; readers should prepare for an all-nighter to finish it.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2016 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Det. Casey Duncan's past may be catching up with her. When her friend's abusive ex-boyfriend comes to town, they decide it's time to pick up and run to a remote locale deep in the Yukon Territory that shelters those who don't want to be found. But Rockton is facing a wave of murders-and in a place where everyone is hiding from something, no one is quite who they seem to be. Although an outsider, Casey is recruited to the town's police force by Sheriff Eric Dalton and applies her professional experience to untangling the town's web of secrets before the killer strikes again. Armstrong, primarily known for her paranormal fantasies (Frostbitten), delivers a solid police procedural set in a frontier town cut off from the modern world. The novel's twists never feel out of character, and the story moves along at a brisk but not breakneck pace. Verdict The town of Rockton's strong, atmospheric presence will interest readers of Armstrong's "Cainsville" series and appeal to new readers, particularly fans of C.J. Box. [See Prepub Alert, 11/16/15.]-Carol Munroe, Frank L. Weyenberg Lib., Mequon, WI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.