Surrender the Dead

A Novel

by John Burley

On Sale: 01/12/2021

Surrender the Dead

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Surrender the Dead

A Novel

by John Burley

On Sale: 01/12/2021

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About the Book

“John Burley is a fearless talent.”  — Glen Erik Hamilton, award-winning author of the Van Shaw series

From the award-winning author of The Absence of Mercy comes a chilling psychological thriller about a family and community divided by tragedy, and the dark secrets that will set their town aflame.

When Erin Reece left Wolf Point fifteen years ago after graduating high school, she’d planned to never set foot in her childhood hometown again. But an urgent phone call from her father’s doctor leaves Erin with no choice but to return to a place filled with painful memories and wounds that never closed. Two decades ago, people in Wolf Point started disappearing without a trace—including Erin’s mother—and no explanation was ever found.

It’s been years since the last disappearance, but the town is still steeped in suspicion and haunted by the ghosts of the missing. No one is thrilled to see Erin back, including her former best friend, Robbie, who has changed from a spirited, fearless boy to a reclusive shut-in.

Then a body is discovered, buried in a makeshift grave for years . . . on the Reece family’s land. The police reopen their investigation, and the evidence against Erin’s father is damning. After such a long time without answers, the community wants justice. It’s up to Erin to clear her father’s name, but the path to the truth will force her to unearth long-buried secrets and confront a terrible evil. Because in Wolf Point, everyone knows more than they are letting on . . . 

“John Burley has an eye for detail, a feel for story, and a deep sympathy for his characters.”  — Lou Berney, award-winning author of November Road

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Critical Praise

“Burley never lets the tension lag as he keeps the suspense high . . . with myriad jaw-dropping twists.” - Associated Press on The Quiet Child

“Packed with tension and unexpected twists, The Quiet Child is a powerful psychological thriller set in a time before the emergence of forensic science.” - Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author of Speaking in Bones

“A beautifully realized thriller, full of striking imagery, and so haunting I thought about it for days afterward.  It starts with a parent’s greatest nightmare—your children being abducted—and then asks: What might make you question whether you wanted them back?  John Burley is a fearless talent.” - Glen Erik Hamilton, award-winning author of Past Crimes and Hard Cold Winter, on The Quiet Child

“A riveting novel that engages both heart and mind. John Burley has an eye for detail, a feel for story, and a deep sympathy for his characters.” - Lou Berney, award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062431875
  • ISBN 10: 0062431870
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 01/12/2021
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Crime
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Psychological

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