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  • Title: Mission Flats
  • Author: William Landay
  • ISBN: 9780440237396
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of Defending JacobFormer 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 mesFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Defending JacobFormer 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.
    Mission Flats From the New York Times bestselling author of Defending JacobFormer D A William Landay explodes onto the suspense scene with an electrifying novel about the true price of crime and the hidden corners

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    1. Mission Flats by William Landay, published by Dell.Category Mystery ThrillerI had never heard of the author William Landay until a month ago when I read his novel, Defending Jacob This was a truly exceptional read and you can find my review on Suffice it to say I gave it the highest rating possible.After reading Defending Jacob I went back to find what other books he had written I just finished his first book, Mission Flats What a marvel, I cannot determine which book is better, both are top no [...]

    2. Like many of the other reviewers, I too read Defending Jacob and enjoyed it I enjoyed Mission Flats as well, even though I did find it to be a little slow in the beginning It did pick up and had many plot twists and turns all the way up until the end The one problem I found with the story is that certain things just don t fit One of the major complaints about mysteries is that they don t make sense or are unbelievable This is often the reason people will give when saying that they don t like to [...]

    3. There s not much crime to speak of in the small town of Versailles Ver SALES , Maine The chief of police, Ben Truman, is only 24 years old He had been studying for his doctorate in history and returned home when his mother developed Alzheimer s He eventually inherited the police chief job from his father When Ben discovers the decomposing body of a prominent prosecutor from the Boston district attorney s office in a local cabin, life changes dramatically Ben has never had to investigate anything [...]

    4. I absolutely loved this book It was fast moving, well written and the end was a big surprise I didn t figure it out until it was actually revealed at the end This was William Landay s first book which won an award for Best First Novel Well deserved If you like mysteries this is one of the best I ve ever read I have downloaded his second book which is entitled The Strangler If it is half as good as Mission Flats it will get five stars as well.

    5. I hesitated to read this book after being thoroughly disappointed in Defending Jacob Still, any author can turn out one bad book, so I gave Landay a second chance.Mission Flats is better than Defending Jacob but not by much Landay tells Ben Truman s story in a conversational voice The story reads like he s telling the story to a friend not reporting on events Then he goes and spoils that easy tone with long narrative passages sometimes whole chapters of Ben s thoughts that slow the story down an [...]

    6. Mission Flats was a back to back read for me after finishing William Landay s Defending Jacob I enjoyed the first book and this second book did not disappoint me A law degree from Boston College and several years as a prosecutor have obviously prepared our William Landay well for his career as a writer of crime novels Mission Flats is much than the straightforward police procedural it at first seems to be As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that the novel is a psychological study of a good ma [...]

    7. Mission Flats features small town police chief Ben Truman His father was the chief before him and Ben left grad school in Boston so he could help care for his mother who had Alzheimer s Disease.As part of his job, Ben checks the summer homes on the lake and this time, he finds the deceased body of a DA from Boston The man had been murdered in a manner that pointed the finger at a drug dealer from Boston.As the investigation gets under way, Boston officials try to take control but Ben insists tha [...]

    8. Slow and too predictabled yet the so called twist just isn t believable After reading Defending Jacob this book falls flat I won t even bother with Landay s other book.

    9. The writer has a talent for making evil seem completely banal and commonplace This means that the reader has to pick the side they re on quite definitely as it s not chosen for you.But in the end, I just couldn t deal with the spineless wishful thinking of the main character.

    10. Although there s a recently published edition on offer, Mission Flats is actually author William s Landay s debut crime thriller and it first saw light of day well over a decade ago Landay obviously aimed at the literary end of the spectrum, and attempted to blend a pacey page turner, brimming with plots twists and artful authorial deception, with meaningful debate on policing, personal and social issues Mission Flats aims high, then.It s also a curious mixture The back cover blurb suggests a b [...]

    11. To me, one of the special and rare pleasures of reading is watching the evolution of a talented author Having read and raved ever since about William Landay s DEFENDING JACOB, I looked forward to reading his first published novel, MISSION FLATS I was not disappointed but I was very aware of how his talent has developed since then.MISSION FLATS carries the reader from bucolic small town Maine to the gang infested drug ridden gritty streets of the Boston we d really not acknowledge existsd yet we [...]

    12. When I started this book I really enjoyed it In fact, I wish I could give it 4 or 5 stars The writing was solid, the story interesting, and the characters mostly well sketched I don t want to write too much about the plot, but what brought the story down for me is that toward the end, the reader learns that one of the characters has been pretending not to know things he s actually known all along I did not find this clever or rewarding, in fact, I found it somewhat deceitful and frustrating A ch [...]

    13. This review is going to sound bipolar The characters are realistic and the plot is brilliant The ending even after I had somewhat guessed whodunnit still threw me for a loop But I struggled to get through it, and I never got emotionally involved I d compare it to watching a movie that s won a bunch of Oscars, but bores the audience even though it s flawless Maybe it s because the author was a prosecutor for the DA s office so it s written in a very clinical, Law Order sort of way It s technicall [...]

    14. I have a love hate relationship with this one On one hand the first half of the book was really boring On the other hand parts of the story were still really interesting Landay s writing is supurb so I kept reading Then it got boring for a while Then he smakes you with an awesome twist For me, it was worth the read because the writing quality is so fantasic If you read Defending Jacob then you know he is the awesome at a badass twist near the end.

    15. I read MIssion Flats because I had thoroughly enjoyed Landay s later book, Defending Jacob Mission Flats had all the elements of a good mystery, it kept me turning pages, lots of plot twists and revelations, and so on I didn t like it quite as much as Defending Jacob I believe that the characters were finely drawn in Defending Jacob Still, Mission Flats , Landay s first novel, is a highly enjoyable read.

    16. I read Defending Jacob and loved it That s why I decided to read Mission Flats Well, Mission Flats fell flat for me I did manage to finish it, but it was a marginal crime thriller that barely kept me interested enough to continue reading This isn t at all what I had expected I ll give it 2 stars instead of one just because this is one of the author s older works Maybe his next novel after Defending Jacob will be awesome.

    17. Not as good as Defending Jacob but it was entertaining Characters weren t as developed and the story line wasn t as strong but all in all I liked it.

    18. I enjoyed the book, it to had a great suprise ending, just didn t grip melike Landay s book Defending Jacob did.

    19. This book was awful, well let me re phrase that Boring, SO boring I had to struggle to get through it William Landay has come a looooong way, Defending Jacob was amazing

    20. I liked this one a lot Quite different than Defending Jacob Landay s characters are flawed people like most of us.

    21. I read Defending Jacob by this author some years ago, on a plane, so figured that this was a safe bet for another long plane ride It was it held my attention and I read it quickly However, where the previous book really grabbed me, this one became a little tedious and repetitive I also struggled to keep all the characters straight and even now cannot remember which name matched which character Although the story is strong, and has some good and unexpected twists, I did not become as invested in [...]

    22. Over the summer I was searching for a few holiday reads and came across the wonderful Defending Jacob which I greatly enjoyed to the extent I wanted to seek out William Landay s other works Having finished Mission Flats I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have ever read The plot is gripping, the characters engaging and the pacing superb I found the whole novel utterly scintillating my only issue is that it took me so long to discover this book If you are a fan of the mystery thrille [...]

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