The Strangler by William Landay

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Before the New York Times bestselling success of Defending Jacob, William Landay wrote this widely acclaimed second novel of crime and suspense, which was named a Favorite Crime Novel of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and several other newspapers.
Boston, 1963. Meet the charming, brawling Daley brothers. Joe is a cop whose gambling habits have dragged him down into the city’s underworld. Michael is a lawyer, always the smartest man in the room. And Ricky is the youngest son, a prince of thieves whose latest heist may be his last. For the Daleys, crime is the family business—they’re simply on different sides of it. Then a killer, a man who hunts women with brutal efficiency and no sign of stopping, strikes too close to the Daley home. The brothers unite to find the Strangler, a journey that leads to the darkest corners of Boston—and exposes an even deeper mystery that threatens to tear the family apart.
Includes an excerpt of Defending Jacob
Los Angeles Times • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Kansas City Star
“Reminiscent of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River, the novel takes us into a dark world where goodness is smothered and villainy thrives. . . . I was completely riveted.”—The Boston Globe
“A dense and satisfying novel of crime and retribution . . . [Landay has] been touted as the natural successor to George V. Higgins.”—The Independent
“A gripping, atmospheric saga.”—The Wall Street Journal
“An impressive and satisfying performance.”—The Washington Post
“Smart and surprising.”—Esquire

About William Landay

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William Landay is the author of The Strangler, a Los Angeles Times Favorite Crime Book of the Year, and Mission Flats, winner of the Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel and a Barry Award nominee. A former district attorney who holds degrees from Yale and Boston College Law School, Landay lives in Boston, where he is at work on his next novel of suspense.
Published January 30, 2007 by Delacorte Press. 418 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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The Daley boys dislike their father Joe Senior’s ex-partner, Brendan Conroy, who’s moved in on their mother within a year of their father’s death on the job.

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Book Reporter

William Landay's sophomore effort is a somewhat different work --- both structurally and topically --- from MISSION FLATS.

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USA Today

The strangler, the murder of a key character and lingering doubts about who killed the brothers' father pull this complex story together.

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In 1962 Boston, someone shoots and kills Irish-American police officer Joe Daley, Sr.

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