Dark Horse: An Eddy Harkness Novel

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“As stylish as Parker, as tough as Lehane—a beautifully written, hip, and heartbreaking tale of Boston’s dark side.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, award-winning author of What You See ​

“Boston cop Eddy Harkness returns in a second turbocharged adventure that kicks off with an apocalyptic flood and incorporates Colonial bylaws, big-city corruption, and a highly entertaining cast of characters.”—Boston Globe
 

When a late-summer hurricane slams into Boston, Detective Eddy Harkness and his Narco-Intel crew are thrown into the eye of a very different kind of storm. Dark Horse—an especially pure and deadly brand of heroin—has infiltrated the gritty Lower South End. Harkness soon finds that the drug is also at the center of an audacious land grab by the city’s corrupt new mayor and his shadowy power brokers. Meanwhile, Lower South End residents displaced by the storm use an obscure bylaw to take refuge in Eddy’s hometown of Nagog, and soon tensions are running high along its quaint tree-lined streets.

Fast-paced and atmospheric, Dark Horse moves from dive bars to Harvard dorm rooms to the city’s elite social clubs, as Harkness puts everything at risk to try to derail the seemingly unstoppable conspiracy before it’s too late.
 
“Eddy Harkness is a welcome addition to the Boston crime scene, and Rory Flynn is a terrific writer who knows how to spin a yarn with grit and confidence.”—Dennis Lehane, author of World Gone By
 
“Rich in character, riveting in storytelling and fierce in feeling, Dark Horse is both a crackling crime novel and a tough-yet-tender love song to a city. . . not to be missed.”—Megan Abbott, author of The Fever
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About the author

RORY FLYNN is the author of the Eddy Harkness series, which debuted with Third Rail. His “high-octane prose” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine) and ”sawdust-dry humor” (Boston Globe) make him a “suspense writer to watch” (Jess Walter). He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Published on
Jun 7, 2016
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9780544253155
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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“Third Rail gets off to a ripping start and never lets off the gas. Rory Flynn is a suspense writer to watch.”—Jess Walter, author of the best-selling Beautiful Ruins
 
Harvard-educated Eddy Harkness was a rising star in an elite Boston Police Department narcotics unit—until he was blamed for the death of a Red Sox fan in the chaotic aftermath of a World Series win. Scapegoated and exiled, Harkness now empties parking meters in the sleepy town of Nagog while struggling to clear his name.
 
Then one night his police-issued Glock disappears. Unable to report the theft, he starts a secret search—just as a string of fatal accidents leads him to uncover a dangerous new smart drug, Third Rail. With only a plastic gun to protect him, Harkness begins a high-stakes investigation that leads him into the top levels of Boston’s power base, where politicians and criminals intertwine to deadly effect.
 
“Glows with the kind of sawdust-dry humor regarding Beantown, cops, and the darkest of urban underbellies that you might find at 3 a.m. in the back booth of a backstreet bar . . . With its gaggle of crazy-yet-riveting characters, its spare approach, and its unflagging action, Third Rail, the first in a promised series of Eddy Harkness novels, adds yet another striking feather to [Flynn’s] impressively crowded cap.” —Boston Globe
 
“Terrific debut . . . impressive economy and stylish, sophisticated prose . . . Readers will want to see more of Flynn’s gritty Boston—and Eddy Harkness.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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The House Next Door (with Susan DiLallo): Married mother of three Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on some errands. But a few quick tasks became a long lunch-and now things could go too far with a man who isn't what he seems....

The Killer's Wife (with Max DiLallo): Four girls have gone missing. Detective McGrath knows the only way to find them is to get close to the suspect's wife...maybe too close

We. Are. Not. Alone (with Tim Arnold): The first message from space. It will change the world. It's first contact. Undeniable proof of alien life. Disgraced Air Force scientist Robert Barnett found it. Now he's the target of a desperate nationwide manhunt-and Earth's future hangs in the balance.

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