A nightmarish psychological thriller about a disgraced, mentally unstable cop whose past comes back to haunt him when he comes face-to-face with a woman he believed existed only in his mind
A Killer in the Wind
978-0-8021-2225-4 • $16.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2014
“Evokes the gritty classics of Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson while spinning its own brand of hard-boiled psychological suspense.” Kirkus Reviews
“If you haven’t read Andrew Klavan, you’re in for a treat. He tells vivid stories with a conversational style that’s deceptively simple but does not waste a word.” Charlotte Observer
Stephen King has called Andrew Klavan “the most original American novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich,” and A Killer in the Wind displays Klavan’s unmatched talent for pairing gripping thrillers with unforgettable characters. Three years ago, Dan Champion uncovered a criminal syndicate run by a kingpin known only as the Fat Woman. Champion infiltrated her world of murder, obsession, and perversity. But the case also broke him, and Champion began taking drugs and hallucinating . . . a dead child prowling the streets of New York . . . a beautiful woman named Samantha he lovedif only she’d been real.
Now Champion is a small-town detective, hoping the ghosts and hallucinations are finally behind him. Then one night Champion is called to examine the body of a woman who has washed ashore. Yet he recognizes the woman as Samantha, the woman he dreamed about long ago . . . a woman who doesn’t exist.
Soon Champion is haunted by a team of expert killers who want to make sure he never finds the truth: about the dead child who wanders through his imagination, the lover who inhabits his dreams, and a killer who has been on the run for a lifetime. The ghosts of the dead are all around him, and Champion has to find out who murdered them, or he could become one of them himself.