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Time of Departure

Time of Departure

A Novel

Douglas Schofield

Minotaur Books

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Florida state prosecutor Claire Talbot is as tough as they come, and not everyone loves her for it. Newly promoted Felony Division Chief, Claire has about as many jealous detractors as she does supporters. When a highway construction crew unearths two skeletons in a common grave, Claire reopens an investigation into a string of abductions that took place before she was born. While researching the file, she meets retired cop Marc Hastings, who once worked on the case. He maneuvers his way into the investigation—and into Claire’s life. Marc has an uncanny familiarity with Claire’s habits, and she begins to realize that not all is as it seems. The detective urges Claire on, convinced that only she can solve the case. Together, they unearth more graves. But then, disaster strikes . . . and Claire finally discovers what Hastings knew all along. It’s a secret almost too shocking for a sane mind to grasp. The key to the killings may lie deep in Claire’s own past. But what if Claire’s past lies in her future?

Full of spellbinding twists, Douglas Schofield's Time of Departure is a page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, heralding the arrival of an immensely talented new crime novelist.

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Praise for Time of Departure

"Engrossing. It’s a tribute to criminal lawyer Schofield’s persuasive powers that his characters, procedural elements, and atmosphere are convincing enough to keep those pages turning without logic getting in the way."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“If Michael Connelly and Audrey Niffenegger collaborated on a story and then sent it into the past to be edited by Rod Serling, that novel would be Time of Departure. A hard-boiled detective thriller with a dash of fantasy . . . a clever read. Daring, even.”—James Renner, author of The Man from Primrose Lane and It Came from Ohio

"Schofield delivers a whopping complex tale. The characters are three-dimensional, and the gut-wrenching implications of the whole story will have readers' minds racing."—RTBookReviews (Top Pick)

Time of Departure is the fictional equivalent of a carefully crafted set of Chinese boxes, with a gripping police procedural nested within an engaging character study, enveloped by an overarching narrative that grapples with this world’s essential questions.” —Les Standiford, author of Bone Key and Water to the Angels

“A surprising, original mystery. I’ve never read anything quite like Time of Departure, and won’t soon forget this genre-defying novel. Douglas Schofield makes an impressive, gutsy debut.” —Julia Dahl, author of Invisible City and Run You Down

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About the author

Douglas Schofield

DOUGLAS SCHOFIELD is the author of Time of Departure and Storm Rising. He was raised and educated in British Columbia, where he earned degrees in history and law. Over the past thirty years, he has worked as a lawyer in Canada, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands. Schofield and his wife, Melody, live on Grand Cayman, along with their most excellent and amazing talking cat, Juno.

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