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Title:
A killer in the wind
Author:
Klavan, Andrew.
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Publication Information:
New York : Grove Press, 2013.
Physical Description:
296 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Suffering a breakdown after a traumatic case three years earlier, former NYPD vice cop Dan Champion starts over as a small-town detective and is shocked by a case involving the murder of a woman he recognizes from a hallucination whose identity a group of expert killers would keep a secret.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780802120670
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Three years ago, working vice for the NYPD, Dan Champion uncovered a sex slavery ring run by a kingpin known only as the Fat Woman. Obsessed with bringing her down, Champion infiltrated a world of sexual obsession and perversity. He broke the case, but the case also broke him. He started taking drugs and soon began to form hallucinations...a dead child prowling the streets of New York...a beautiful woman named Samantha who would have given him the love he always wanted--if she'd only been real.

Now Champion is a small town detective, chasing burglars and juvenile delinquents, hanging out at the local tavern where he is romancing a waitress. The ghosts and hallucinations are finally behind him as he begins to rebuild his life. Then one night Champion is called to examine the body of a woman who has washed ashore. Yet when he looks at her face, he sees that it's Samantha, the woman he dreamed about long ago...a woman who doesn't exist.

Suddenly, Champion is haunted again, only this time it's by a team of expert killers who want to make sure he never finds the truth: the truth about the dead child who wanders through his imagination; the truth about the lover who inhabits his dreams; and the truth about a killer who has been on the run -- in the wind -- for a lifetime. The ghosts of the dead are all around him, and Champion has to find out who murdered them, fast, or he could become one of them himself.


Author Notes

Andrew Klavan is the internationally bestselling author of thirteen novels, including True Crime , which was made into a film by Clint Eastwood, and Don't Say a Word , made into a film starring Michael Douglas. He has been nominated for five Edgar Awards, winning twice, and is the author of the Homelanders series for Young Adults, which have been optioned by Summit Entertainment ("Twilight"). His essays and op-eds on politics, religion, movies and literature have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times . He lives in Southern California.


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Booklist Review

Three years ago, Dan Champion, when he was an undercover vice cop for the NYPD, broke up a child-sex slavery ring. But the case cracked Champion, and now he's a detective in small-town, exurban New York, still wrestling with delusions about a dead child who follows him around and a beautiful woman who wasn't real. But, in fact, the beautiful woman was real, and she turns up almost dead in Champion's small town. Soon, two ghostly assassins try to kill him, and he must grapple with his instabilities while trying to track down the Fat Woman, the titular killer in the wind, and her assassins. The prolific Klavan (The Identity Man, 2010) spends too many pages on Champion's inner demons and many more attempting to build a sense of apocalyptic, near-cosmic menace. But when Champion finally faces the Fat Woman, we learn that the only cosmic thing about her is her banality. That said, if readers slog through the first 200 pages, they will surely stick it out to the end.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

This taut, frightening psychological thriller from Edgar-winner Klavan (The Identity Man) charts the efforts of Dan Champion, a deputy in Tyler, N.Y., to find a criminal who may not exist. Three years earlier, as an NYPD detective, Dan infiltrated a sex trafficking ring that specialized in children, killing one of the organizers. But the ringleader, known only as the Fat Woman, eluded him. If she is real, no one has actually seen her. The case broke something in Dan, who, aided by his drug use, immediately began seeing visions of Alexander, a little boy, and of Samantha, a beautiful redhead. Now, Dan's dreams bump against reality when a naked, semiconscious Samantha turns up on a river bank with an enigmatic message for Dan: "They're coming after us." Soon Samantha vanishes from the hospital, and assassins start stalking Dan. The edgy story complements a lead character whose fragile memory can't always separate the real from the imaginary. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.