The first book in this blisteringly sharp noir series, featuring roguish loner Virgil Cain
Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York. The downside to this is that Mickey has a lot of enemies, one of whom drives a golf club through his heart.
The cops have one suspect: Virgil Cain, whose recent exclamation that 'somebody ought to blow Mickey's head off' - after Mickey freed the wealthy, gun-obsessed lunatic accused of murdering his wife - has left him in hot water.
Dim-witted detective Joe Brady throws Virgil in jail, no questions asked. So, realising that his unlucky streak is about to get a whole lot worse unless he finds who's really responsible, Virgil busts out of jail and begins his hunt, with only savvy detective Claire Marchand prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.
As the evidence against him mounts, and he begins to upset some rather dubious people, Virgil is truly on the run in this witty, thrilling and blistering tale.
It's been a very long time since I discovered a crime novelist as fine as Brad Smith. He is a master storyteller, witty, chilling, and witheringly good. I absolutely love his books. Virgil Cain is a character for the ages - Douglas Preston, NYT bestselling author
Brad Smith (Author)
Brad Smith is Microsoft's President. He is responsible for the company's corporate, external, and legal affairs and serves as the company's chief legal officer. He plays a key role in representing the company externally and in spearheading the company's work on critical issues relating to the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion.
Carol Ann Browne (Author)
Carol Ann Browne is a Director of Communications at Microsoft. She joined Microsoft in 2010 and is an experienced communicator with a broad background in writing, video, multimedia, and social media work.