Second Skin

The Daniel Turner Mysteries

Book 2
Severn House Publishers Ltd
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A teacher pursues the ugly truth behind a student’s mysterious death in this “superbly crafted and well-paced crime story” from a Shamus Award winner (Florida Times-Union).
 
When one of her students is found dead, English teacher Lillian Turner refuses to believe it was a suicide—even though Sheneel Greene had a history of trying to take her own life. As the investigation develops, Lillian and her husband, skip tracer and Navy war veteran Johnny Bellefleur, are increasingly drawn in. And when Johnny makes a macabre discovery that proves his wife right, they find themselves caught in something darker and far more dangerous than they could have imagined.
 
Their marriage begins to crack under the strain as Johnny is plunged back into the psychological trauma of his military service. Lillian’s brother, homicide detective Daniel Turner, warns them to stay away from the case. But why is Daniel so eager to sweep the conflicting evidence surrounding Sheneel’s death under the rug? Perhaps he knows more than he’s letting on—namely, how the dead girl was connected to one of Jacksonville’s most powerful and rapacious clans. And most importantly of all—whether Lillian can trust her own brother.
 
Second Skin has a powerful literary dimension . . . Do I like, admire and even cherish this book? Indeed I do.” —Florida Weekly
 
“Long before the curtain comes down, Lillian won’t know who on Earth she can trust, and neither will you.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Wiley tosses several surprises in along the way to the tense conclusion. The book’s strength lies in its insights into the well-developed characters.” —Publishers Weekly
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About the author

Michael Wiley was brought up in Chicago, and now teaches literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of three previous novels in the Chicago-based Joe Kozmarski PI series

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Publisher
Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Published on
Nov 1, 2015
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781780106984
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Noir
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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A serial killer hunts the Florida night in this “powerfully unnerving” tale of sex, power, and murder from the Shamus Award–winning author (Kirkus Reviews).
 
Businessman William “BB” Byrd is in for a shock. His old friend, homicide detective Daniel Turner, summons him to identify the trussed-up, naked body of a woman, found wrapped in plastic amongst a pile of garbage on Blue Avenue, a down-at-heel area of Jacksonville, Florida. BB recognizes the dead woman as Belinda Mabry, with whom he spent an intense and passionate summer twenty-five years before. What’s more, as Daniel informs him, she’s the third victim to have met such a hideously gruesome end. The other two were prostitutes.
 
Determined to find out what happened to Belinda and where she’d been for the past quarter century, BB must revisit his own troubled past—and discover more than he ever really wanted to know about the woman he once loved. But his investigations are causing serious ripples among the local community’s more prominent members. Can BB and Turner stop a madman before he strikes again, or have they found themselves on a road of no return?
 
An “intriguing thriller” with “expert twists” and “a finale that would make [James M.] Cain and the Coen [Brothers] proud,” Blue Avenue is the first in a riveting mystery series from the Shamus Award–winning author of Monument Road (The Sun-Sentinel).
 
“Wiley is extremely good at creating an atmosphere of menacing dread” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Wiley echoes Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins books in both his storytelling and his first-person voice. . . . The plot, fueled by a steadily rising body count, boils furiously.” —Kirkus Reviews
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