Long Bright River
SELECTED BY BARACK OBAMA AS ONE OF HIS BEST BOOKS OF 2020
A New York Times bestseller and Guardian Book of the Month
‘This flawless masterpiece deserves to be a bestseller.’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘Tough, tense and twisty – but tender, human and deeply affecting, too … I don’t have a sister, but when I finished the book I called my brother, just to hear his voice.’ LEE CHILD
‘An outstanding crime novel.’ PAULA HAWKINS, author of The Girl on the Train
Once inseparable, sisters Mickey and Kacey are on different paths, but they walk the same streets. Mickey on her police beat and Kacey in the shadows of the city’s darkest corners where the drug addicts and sex workers preside. When a string of murders coincides with Kacey’s disappearance, Mickey is terrified her sister could be next.
But in a community where death and murder is rife, will Mickey be able to save her sister before it’s too late?
‘A remarkable, profoundly moving novel about the ties that bind and the irrevocable wounds of childhood. It’s also a riveting mystery, perfectly paced. I loved every page of it.’ DENNIS LEHANE
‘It is by some considerable distance my crime novel of the year’ IRISH TIMES
‘Outstanding . . . an intense family thriller . . . The clever plot and involving characters set a high standard for this new year.’ DAILY MAIL
‘This is a thrilling and heartbreaking exploration of the strain the opioid crisis puts on families. A masterpiece.’ DAILY MIRROR
‘A dazzling, propulsive, humane work that not only bears comparison to Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos but occasionally beats them at their own game’ METRO
‘heart-pounding thriller’ VOGUE
‘compassionate and enthralling’ INDEPENDENT
Tough, tense and twisty - but tender, human and deeply affecting, too ... I don't have a sister, but when I finished the book I called my brother, just to hear his voice. -- Lee Child As with the best crime novels, its scope defies the constraints of genre . . . the result feels startlingly fresh . . . Moore has created a memorable portrait of the devastation created by poverty and addiction, and the compassion and courage that can rise to meet it. * Observer * [T]he twists are clever . . . but it is the novel's more eccentric, reflective aspects that make it stand out from the ruck. * Daily Telegraph * Strong characters and some truly evocative writing. * Guardian Books of the Month * Every so often a thriller comes along that is so remarkable that it transcends genre and Long Bright River is one such book. The mystery at its heart is absorbing, thoughtful and perfectly paced and Mickey is a flawed heroine who it's easy to root for. But the fourth novel from acclaimed American writer Moore is also heartbreakingly profound in exploring the strain put on families and entire communities by the opioid crisis in US cities. It exposes the way addicted parents' broken promises inflict childhood wounds that never heal. But it also gives hope that familial bonds and community spirit can ultimately triumph. This flawless masterpiece deserves to be a bestseller. * Daily Express *
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