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Third Rail

An Eddy Harkness Novel

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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

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 2014 – Eddy Harkness, the hero of Flynn's terrific debut, used to be a promising detective running the Boston PD's Narco-Intel drug squad. But a camera caught him in an encounter with a drunken Red Sox fan after a World Series game that ended in the man's death, and now Eddy is emptying parking meters in his hometown of Nagog, Mass. Even that job is in jeopardy after Eddy loses his gun during a night of partying. With impressive economy and stylish, sophisticated prose, Flynn, the pen name of Stona Fitch (Give + Take), fills in Eddy's complex backstory (his family was torn apart by his father's Bernie Madoff type scandal) while keeping the main action (Eddy's efforts to locate the missing weapon and return to Boston's mean streets) moving briskly. In Nagog, Eddy uncovers a dangerous new drug called Third Rail and, everywhere, he finds deep veins of corruption. In one haunting scene, Eddy notices rats "stopping to nose garbage, sniffing the burgeoning decay, then moving on to search for fresh rot." Readers will want to see more of Flynn's gritty Boston and Eddy Harkness.

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Third Rail
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: May 12, 2015
  • Publisher: HMH Books
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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