The Dead Detective by William Heffernan

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"The Dead Detective is William Heffernan’s first novel in seven years, and wherever he’s been, he hasn’t forgotten how to write a good, gritty police procedural . . . This edgy police drama succeeds in capturing the hysteria the grips Tampa residents when a celebrity criminal . . . is found dead in a cyprus swamp with her throat cut and the word ‘Evil’ carved into her forehead."
--New York Times Book Review

“The Dead Detective is a meaty story that offers an intriguing and conflicted protagonist, a darkly fascinating victim, solid police procedural detail, a knowing look at the Tampa Bay area and its politics, an unlikely murderer, and a creepy denouement that hints that Harry [protagonist] will be back.”

"In his first new novel in seven years . . . Heffernan delivers a readable, tidy police procedural that echoes any number of popular television series, from The Mentalist to Criminal Minds, whose many fans will find this series debut enjoyable."
--Library Journal

"After a lengthy hiatus, Edgar-winner Heffernan makes a welcome return ... Tough, troubled Harry Doyle will keep readers in line."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Heffernan is a master of scene, setting, characterizations, plot, and dialogue."
--Nelson DeMille

Harry Doyle was murdered as a ten-year-old child and brought back to life by two Tampa cops. Twenty years later he has dedicated his life to putting killers behind bars as a homicide detective who has the unwanted ability to hear the postmortem whispers of murder victims. Dubbed "The Dead Detective" by his fellow cops, Doyle now faces his most difficult case--a beautiful murder victim who was a notorious child molester. It is a case that will shake Harry to his very core.

WILLIAM HEFFERNAN, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the author of fifteen novels, including such bestsellers as The Corsican and The Dinosaur Club (a New York Times bestseller).

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William Heffernan, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the author of eighteen novels, including such best sellers as The Corsican, The Dinosaur Club (a New York Times best seller), The Dead Detective, and Tarnished Blue (winner of an Edgar Award). Heffernan lives outside of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Published September 21, 2010 by Akashic Books. 325 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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When Harry was ten, and his brother Jimmy six, their mother decided to murder them—an act required, she explained, because she’d asked God to “deliver her sons to His heavenly peace.” Jimmy checked out as planned, but at the last possible moment, Harry was dragged back to life by a couple of CPR-...

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If you like detective novels, such as James Patterson’s Alex Cross series, then step right up and allow yourself to be introduced to a new book.

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Harry Doyle and his younger brother, Jimmy, were murdered by their religious zealot mother when he was ten years old.

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