Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

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"Witty, sophisticated, suspenseful and endless fun..." -- The Washington Post 
The man who calls himself DAVID LOOGAN is hoping to escape a violent past by leading a quiet, anonymous life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets -- and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. When Tom offers him a job as an editor, Loogan sees no harm in accepting. What he doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong. Bad things happen. People die.  

ELIZABETH WAISHKEY is the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department. But when Tom Kristoll turns up dead, she doesn't know quite what to make of David Loogan. Is he a killer, or an ally who might help her find the truth? As more deaths start mounting up -- some of them echoing stories published in the magazine -- it's up to Elizabeth to solve both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself.




 

About Harry Dolan

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Harry Dolan graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. He earned a master's degree in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently works as a freelance editor. He grew up in Rome, New York, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Published June 29, 2009 by Berkley. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Lark’s motives are obscure, but they have something to do with U.S. Senate candidate Callie Spencer, whose father Harlan was the Chippewa County Sheriff shot and paralyzed in the bank robbery and whose father-in-law, John Casterbridge, is the senator she hopes to succeed.

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Dolan's debut thriller begins simply enough, with two men burying a third in a forested section of Ann Arbor's Marshall Park. From there, it gets ever more loopy, far-fetched and baroque.

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Publishers Weekly

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Dolan follows Bad Things Happen, his acclaimed debut, with a riveting crime novel also featuring Ann Arbor, Mich., amateur sleuth David Loogan, editor of the mystery magazine Gray Streets.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Emmett served, too, but did not long survive, as his sister Mary informs Bartram: Hospitalized in England for battlefield trauma, Emmett escaped confinement and took his own life.

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In Harry Dolan’s bestselling thriller Bad Things Happen, David Loogan arrives in Ann Arbor, Mich., hoping to start anew after his life was derailed by an act of violence.

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The Washington Post

An earlier version of this book review, online and in print, misidentified the author as Harry Doyle.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Gray Streets Mystery Magazine editor — and sometimes uncredited author — David Loogan frequently receives unsolicited manuscripts.

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Mysterious Reviews

As much as the mystery seems to revolve around Tom, the dead and buried body, and Tom's subsequent demise, it is impossible to lose sight of the fact that just who exactly is the man who calls himself David Loogan remains an unknown as well.

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Jacksonville.com

Harry Dolan's debut novel is one of those books you can't stop reading with plot twists within plot twists.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

In Harry Dolan’s latest novel, Very Bad Men, David tells us a story that will explain “the motives people have for killing one another.” As we will see, the reasons for taking someone’s life can vary from a matter of convenience to a thirst for revenge.

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Daily Kos

Setting would be a bike race - there's a series by a guy from Colorado set at the Tour de France - or a triathlon.

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Bookmarks Magazine

As Elizabeth works to track down Lark, David befriends LUCY NAVARRO, a reporter with a crazy theory about the case that threatens to implicate some very powerful people.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Harry Dolan spent eight years as the editor of an academic journal before turning to fiction, and he draws on this rich experience to lampoon the literary world in his highly acclaimed debut novel.

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