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Taut and grittily realistic, this explosive novel of deceit and revenge weaves a suspenseful tale of a man who built his career on his ability to cover up the past, and of the woman who made it her business to expose it.
A novel of rare literary distinction, an erotic thriller combined with a true mystery, and a look back at a little-known part of the American societal patchwork -- Beulah Hill, by bestselling author William Heffernan, is a brilliant and deeply original work of fiction. Set in the 1930s, the story follows the investigation of a racially motivated murder in a rural Vermont town and the shocking ramifications it has on that backwoods community, which had once served as a stopping place for runaway slaves. Having made new lives for themselves there, many of these former slaves had married interracially. As a result, over several generations, the progeny of what were originally black families became what was known as "bleached" and were absorbed by the white community. Still, they were not accepted by all, and not all the blacks joined in interracial unions. The result was an atmosphere of tension and distrust that -- as so vividly rendered in this novel -- occasionally exploded in acts of violence...and even murder. Played out against this vivid backdrop, at a time when the Great Depression had created an atmosphere of fear and Adolf Hitler was just beginning his reign in Germany, Beulah Hill tells the story of a white man who was murdered in an almost ritualistic manner on land owned by the only remaining black family in that small town. Heading the investigation is a young constable who is himself a deeply conflicted member of the "bleached" underclass and who is intimately involved with the proud and headstrong black woman at the center of the killing. Depicting larger-than-life characters, including a black patriarch who rules his farm on Beulah Hill with an iron fist, Heffernan paints a startlingly authentic portrait of a town caught in the grip of seething prejudice, forbidden eroticism, and hard times.
The bestselling saga of crime and international intrigue that lifted the gangster novel to astonishing new heightsDragged from the dank, rat-infested prison cell where he has spent the past few months, Buonaparte Sartene is given a choice: Join the French Resistance or rot in jail for the next seven years. The adopted son of a Corsican Mafia family, Sartene is a thief with a capacity for violence and a knack for subterfuge--valuable tools in the fight against the Nazis. But it is his other great gift--the ability to strike a deal--that changes Sartene's fortunes for good and propels this blistering, expansive thriller from the frozen forests of occupied France to the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia. In exchange for risking his life against the Germans, Sartene demands not just a pardon, but also the right to settle his family in the French colony of his choice when the war is over. Laos in the late 1940s is a land of delirious opportunity, offering a clean slate even to a man with a past as shadowy as the Corsican's. It is not long, however, before another government requires his special skills. In league with the OSS, Sartene and his son, Jean, and lieutenants, Auguste and Benito, take control of the Laotian opium trade and force the Communists out. But the price of power is dear, and when a betrayal from within his own organization threatens the one thing that Sartene values more than money and power--his family--he retreats from the drug business. A decade later, it is up to his grandson Pierre, a US intelligence agent stationed in Saigon in the early days of the Vietnam War, to track down the man who murdered his father and double crossed his grandfather--and to enact a terrible and righteous revenge. With its sweeping scope and nonstop action, The Corsican is a thriller as global as crime and as relentless as a vendetta.
"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."--Booklist"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 DeMilleHarry 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).
Jack Fallon's life is being downsized. His wife of twenty-four years is dumping him, and the only company he's ever worked for is about to do the same....The head honchos at Waters Cable have implemented a "workforce imbalance correction," which includes canning Jack and his coworkers, all of whom are middle-aged executives in the 50/50 class -- at least fifty years old and making $50,000 or more. Refusing to become fossils, Fallon and his cohorts dub themselves "The Dinosaur Club," and prepare to strike like ferocious T-rexes. Using clandestine maneuvers, corporate intrigue, good old-fashioned office politics, and a secret weapon -- Samantha Moore, a beautiful young attorney -- The Dinosaur Club vows to reverse evolution and drive the company's greedy Young Turks into extinction. Award-winning author William Heffernan puts a scathing spin on corporate America in a novel that is both hilarious and compellingly on the money.
Anyone who brings grief to the people NYPD detective Paul Devlin loves is going to have to pay. That's why he's accompanying Adrianna Mendez, the lady of his heart, to Cuba, where Adrianna's aunt Maria has met with a serious "accident." A great hero of Castro's revolution, revered throughout the island as Angel Rojo, Dr. Maria Mendez was burned beyond recognition in a car wreck, then her body was stolen by members of a bloodthirsty voodoo sect. Now Devlin is determined to recover the Red Angel's remains and unravel the dark secret behind her death. But the New York cop's legendary street sense may not be enough to keep him breathing in this unfamiliar world of corruption, terror, and potent black magic -- especially when a vengeful madman and his killers land on the enigmatic island with one immediate goal: to watch Paul Devlin die.
While nobody would dare murder a captain in the N.Y.P.D., or start whispered rumors about the slain hero cop being gay--somebody did. And while nobody would believe that the New York sexual underground could eat away the city's foundations of law and order, police detective Paul Devlin finds that the lowest scum--the hookers, hustlers, and blackmailers--have connections in the highest places.
A woman is dead, her throat and midsection viciously slashed open, a lethal dose of heroin found in her system. But what makes this grisly New York outrage different from all the others -- and tosses the "red-ball" squarely in Detective Paul Devlin's lap -- is the fact that this victim was a nun. Blistering heat is coming down from the mayor's office, One Police Plaza, and the Archdiocese, so Devlin needs to find a murderer, and fast. But suddenly walls are being made to derail an investigation that is leading Paul Devlin and his people in a shocking direction: into the secret, fortified heart of the Catholic Church itself -- and toward a terrifying conspiracy cloaked in silence, piety, and blood that extends wider than anyone ever imagined.
"A solid historical from Edgar-winner Heffernan."--Publishers Weekly"Mystery fans will zip through this, fans of historical fiction will enjoy the fin de guerre mood."--Library Journal"Heffernan swings his vivid tale back and forth between past and present, war and peace-a neat tour de force he pulls off with admirable assurance."--Kirkus Reviews"Moving back and forth in time, the well-paced narrative involves the reader with powerfully vivid descriptions of horrendous battles like the Wilderness and Gettysburg, of terrible raids on civilians, and of great physical and mental anguish suffered by the soldiers. Heffernan skillfully presents a realistic and evocative tale of war and its lingering effects."--Historical Novels Review"Heffernan, three times nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and an Edgar Award winner, knows his history and his mysteries . . . This is really a story of war and redemption and what happens to idealistic kids who have to turn into killers."--Globe & Mail (Canada)"Sliding back and forth in time-before, during, and after the Civil War-William Heffernan creates a powerful, intriguing, and complex novel about the intricacies of friendship and the devastating effects of war."--Jonathan Santlofer, author of The Death Artist"When Johnny Came Marching Home evokes a young soldier's reluctant relationship to violence and brutality with a chilling realism that brings the reader face-to-face with the moral complexities of even the most noble of wars. Following in the literary tradition of Ernest Hemingway, James Jones, and Larry Heinemann, William Heffernan is able to somehow find grace and beauty amidst the horror of battle."--Kaylie Jones, author of A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries"When Johnny Came Marching Home is a carefully constructed and evocative Civil War-era tale that will hold you from first to last page. The author has a rare gift for transporting the reader in time and place. Put this one at the top of your list. No one does this kind of novel better than Heffernan."--John Lutz, author of SerialWhen Johnny Came Marching Home is a mystery, a love story, and William Heffernan's best book to date. The novel tells the story of three boys who grow up in rural Vermont in a seemingly indestructible friendship, then see their lives ruined as they go off to fight in America's "great and noble war."Trapped in a what appears to be an endless bloodbath-vividly presented with Heffernan's meticulous historical research-the boys gradually begin to change until their close-knit childhood ties are little more than a fractured memory. By war's end, one boy is dead, one returns a physically crippled and emotionally compromised man, and the third comes home as an unfeeling psychopath.The novel turns on the subsequent murder of the psychopath, and the offer of redemption for the wounded young man who must investigate the crime. When Johnny Came Marching Home is a story about war and how it affects the lives of all who become a part of it, both directly and peripherally. Although set during the Civil War, this book casts shadows of what we endure today and the horrors to which young soldiers are subjected.William Heffernan, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the author of eighteen novels, including such bestsellers as The Corsincan, The Dinosaur Club (a New York Times bestseller), The Dead Detective, and Tarnished Blue (winner of an Edgar Award). Heffernan lives outside of St. Petersburg, Florida.