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Landay, William. MISSION FLATS. New York City, NY: Delacorte Press, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 375 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents William Landay's highly acclaimed first novel. "Uses the elegiac voice of his narrator to lull the reader into the false notion that this is a straightforward mystery starring a somewhat bumbling investigator. In fact, every assumption the reader makes turns into a landmine, which makes for an excruciatingly suspenseful thriller. Set in two places: Backwoods Maine, where a way-too-young police chief encounters his first major homicide, and Boston, where the police chief tries to navigate the shoals of the Boston police and court system. Landay gives us an original detective creation in the humorous, self-deprecating Truman, and he also delivers an action-packed plot with a skillfully detonated final surprise" (Booklist). Since his award-winning debut, William Landay has been hailed as the successor of Scott Turow and John Grisham, a best-selling author of the thriller genre that literate readers should take seriously because, as Michael Ondaatje once said, the best thrillers are moral literature. Landay gave up a high-profile legal career in order to become a full-fledged writer. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, he is self-taught as a writer, as some lawyers, doctors, and scientists curiously tend to be. Suspense and surprise are narrative elements of all fiction, and the truly exceptional ability to keep a reader gripped and guessing is rare even among thriller writers (it eludes them after the first triumph or so, and they invariably end up repeating themselves). A "must-have" title for William Landay collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by William ("Bill") Landay. It comes with a lovely bookplate that is laid into the book, also very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by the author. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Creasey Memorial Dagger Award as the Best Debut Crime Novel in 2003 for "Mission Flats". Winner of the Strand Magazine Critics Award as the Best Crime Novel in 2007 for "The Strangler". One of the most brilliant living American writers of the thriller genre. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WILLIAM LANDAY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385336144. $60.00

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