Winner of the Shamus Award for Best First Novel
Dexter Bolzjak is an ex–hockey goalie who was abducted and tortured by perverted sports fans eight years ago. Now he’s muddling along in a Pittsburgh warehouse when he meets an old, terminally ill drunk named Lou Kashon. Lou wants to see his lost love, the actress Mercy Carnahan, and offers Dexter a fortune to find her. Dexter embarks on the search, retracing Mercy’s past online and on foot. Soon, Mercy begins to haunt Dexter, appearing in his dreams while flashbacks to his own traumatic experience plague his waking hours. Dexter persists and follows Mercy’s trail to New York, where he finds a voyeuristic film of the actress recorded shortly before her disappearance. Once Dexter connects that film to its source, he finds himself trapped in the ultimate nightmare.
Michael Ayoob’s first novel offers a captivating new PI and a provocative mystery.
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Michael Ayoob is a winner of the Shamus Award for Best First Novel and the Minotaur Books/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel competition. He earned a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Michael lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Shamus Awards - Winner