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“Fasten your seat belt—this story, written by an airline industry insider, is exciting from start to finish.”
“An edge-of-your seat thriller that sweeps you up and carries you along for the ride.”
—Lisa Gardner, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of GONE
As the new manager of the Majestic Airlines operation at Boston's Logan International Airport, Alex Shanahan expects her fair share of turbulence—but not so much, so soon. Logan Airport is in a state of chaos, with divided loyalties tearing it apart. And hanging over everyone's heads is the mysterious suicide of Alex's predecessor.
There are dark secrets at Logan—especially surrounding a fatal plane crash—that could bring down Majestic Airlines and destroy the careers of everyone involved. Secrets that have already claimed lives. And Alex is next.
“An intricate and explosive thriller…evocative prose..[a] tightly woven, compelling read. One of the year’s most notable thrillers.”
“Truly excellent…the best white-knuckle ride I’ve taken in a long time.”
—Lee Child, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of ONE SHOT
Alex Shanahan accepts a new job with a Detroit start-up airline when the death of her friend John McTavish takes her on a detour to Miami. But her trip turns perilous when Alex connects John's murder to the lucrative world of black-market airplane parts. Now Alex must walk into the darkest corner of the business she loves, where profits are valued over the lives of a planeload of passengers—and murder is the solution when millions are at stake.
In a world where one faulty part can bring down an airline and catastrophe is an acceptable risk, Alex must tread carefully, because every step she takes could be her last.
First Class Killing
“This action-filled thriller packs an erotic punch…gathers strength as it goes along.” —THE BOSTON GLOBE
Tough, smart, and resourceful, Alex Shanahan survived the cutthroat corporate world on her own terms. But now she's using her hard-earned experience for herself—as a private investigator. Alex is hired to check out an airline that's been serving more than just in-flight beverages: there's a high-end prostitution ring catering to first-class passengers. Alex goes undercover as a flight attendant to infiltrate the group. But she can't stay hidden in the clouds forever, and when her cover is blown, the turbulence that follows might make this flight her last.
The Pandora Key
Heitman delivers a thriller with suspense, intelligence, and compassion.”
—Alafair Burke, author of CLOSE CASE
Alex Shanahan gets dragged into a cold case with international implications when her partner’s shady ex-wife Rachel shows up unannounced—and uninvited. Soon after, Alex’s partner suddenly disappears. The search for Harvey thrusts Alex into a world of European mobsters, terrorism, fraud and a mystery halfway around the world that no one wants her to solve. The key to unraveling the mystery lies in the darkest corners of Harvey and Rachel’s past life together. Finding it could save Harvey’s life—and cost Alex her own.
"Dennis Lehane advises us not to judge the genre by its Hollywood images of sharp men in fedoras lighting cigarettes for femmes fatales standing in the dark alleys. . . . [Lehane] writes persuasively of the gentrification that has . . . left people feeling crushed."
—New York Times Book Review
Brand-new stories by: Dennis Lehane, Stewart O'Nan, Patricia Powell, John Dufresne, Lynne Heitman, Don Lee, Russ Aborn, Itabari Njeri, Jim Fusilli, Brendan DuBois, and Dana Cameron.
Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, The Given Day) has proven himself to be a master of both crime fiction and literary fiction. Here, he extends his literary prowess to that of master curator. In keeping with the Akashic Noir series tradition, each story in Boston Noir is set in a different neighborhood of the city—the impressively diverse collection extends from Roxbury to Cambridge, from Southie to the Boston Harbor, and all stops in between.
Lehane's own contribution—the longest story in the volume—is set in his beloved home neighborhood of Dorchester and showcases his phenomenal ability to grip the heart, soul, and throat of the reader.