Slipping into Darkness by Peter Blauner

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When a twenty-year-old murder case comes back to life, a detective must race against his failing sight to unravel the mystery
When Allison Wallis was beaten to death, Detective Francis X. Loughlin found the killer—Julian Vega, a teenager with a crush on the murdered girl. Using his natural sense of empathy, he cozied up to young Julian, convincing him to give a confession that would put him away until he was thirty-six. Twenty years later, Julian is finally out of jail, attempting to remember how to live in a world without bars, and Detective Loughlin is still on the job, his sight fading, though his instincts are still sharp. But when Allison’s blood appears at a new crime scene, everything he thought he knew about that long-ago murder is called into question. Was it really Allison they buried? Was Julian actually the killer? And if he wasn’t, who else is in danger now? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Peter Blauner including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

About Peter Blauner

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Peter Blauner is the author of six novels, including Slow Motion Riot, which won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first novel of the year, and The Intruder, a New York Times and international bestseller. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Peg Tyre, and their two children. Visit his Web site at
Published March 29, 2011 by Open Road Media. 496 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Loughlin suspects the man he nailed 20 years ago, but a DNA test finds that the blood at the new murder scene belongs not to Julian but to the woman he supposedly killed in 1983.

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It’s not needed to further the plot, nor is it germane to the plot, except in the most minor of circumstances.

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Book Reporter

SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS, Blauner's new novel, surpasses his last --- a seemingly impossible feat --- by incorporating Blauner's trademark strengths into a study of personalities and motives.

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Entertainment Weekly

As a longtime fan of Peter Blauner, I've often wondered why he isn't a name brand (books like The Last Good Day are way, way better than most blockbuster thrillers).

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USA Today

It may very well be the crime novel of the year.Literary in language and form, it applies the latest in science and technology to a classic tale of sex and murder.Blauner methodically unravels the murder investigation of a young doctor 20 years after it takes place.He begins with the release from...

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Twenty years ago, Francis X Loughlin, an NYPD homicide detective, made his reputation by getting a 17-year-old boy, Julian Vega, to confess to the murder of a young pediatrician.

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