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Flowering Judas

A Gregor Demarkian Novel

Gregor Demarkian Novels (Volume 26)

Jane Haddam

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Flowering Judas

Jane Haddam  

Twelve years ago, Chester Morton disappeared from his hometown with barely a trace and was never heard from again. For the past twelve years, his mother has kept the search for her son alive—paying for a billboard overlooking the local community college, putting up fliers around town every week, hounding law enforcement agencies. Mrs. Morton’s determination has not only made Chester’s disappearance very high profile, it’s also been damaging to her marriage, her remaining children, and herself.

Now, long after everyone else has given up hope, Chester’s body is finally found—hanging from the very billboard that has been advertising his disappearance. Chester’s corpse, however, is fresh—meaning that he had been alive, somewhere, until very recently. Under pressure and with limited resources, the local police turn to Gregor Demarkian, a former FBI agent and a frequent consultant, to find out once and for all what really happened all those years ago…and to unravel the truth buried within this very complex and tragic case.

 

 

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Praise for Flowering Judas

"The re-creation of the fishbowl that is smalltown life is pitch-perfect and shaded by a chilling glimpse of human darkness."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
 
PRAISE FOR JANE HADDAM’S GREGOR DEMARKIAN NOVELSWANTING SHEILA DEAD

“Outstanding...Haddam has few peers at misdirection, and she celverly satirizes the reality show industry while continuing to add depth to her lead.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)  

“Haddam’s series characters are engaging as always, including Demarkian’s quirkly Armenian neighborhood, which has enough character to count as one.”—Charlotte News Observer  

“Her take on reality TV, its egos and backstage battles, is fresh and entertaining, and (as usual) the mystery is sharply plotted. Eventually Haddam may have to deal with the fact that Demarkian’s age will prevent him from continuing to solve crimes, but let’s hope that’s not for a while yet.”—Booklist

"Haddam gleefully satirizes reality TV and offers a well though out appreciation of Agatha Christie’s novels, which she lets Demarkian savor for the first time.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

LIVING WITNESS

“Haddam offers her typically razor-sharp mystery concerning a highly contentious issue, but also does so without taking sides, treating all of her characters, from devout Christians to agnostics (and all points in between), with respect and understanding. Haddam is a fine writer, exhibiting skills rarely glimpsed in the mystery genre.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Haddam’s excellent novel takes a nuanced look at the debate over teaching evolution in public schools… Haddam makes characters on both sides of the issue sympathetic, explores the inner life of her detective hero—and offers an ingenious fair-play puzzle.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

CHEATING AT SOLITAIRE

“A stellar whodunit.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Cheating at Solitaire has a sharply satirical edge as it takes on the cult of celebrity.”—Boston Globe

“Haddam is at her best.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“[This] series keeps getting better, each novel just a little more dramatic, more thought provoking, and more entertaining than the last...It's about time she gets the A-list status she so richly deserves.”—Booklist (starred review) 

“Ought to establish Haddam as America’s P.D. James once and for all.”—Baltimore Sun

“Haddam is clearly having a good time.”—Charlotte Observer

“More compelling than most mysteries, Cheating at Solitaire manages a good sense of humor and tight, sharp writing. Haddam lets us ponder celebrity and its meaning, the powerful symbiosis between stars and the public, and our own complicity in the frenzy.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

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