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City of the Lost: A Rockton Novel (Paperback)

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Generally, when people think of Kelley Armstrong, they think of her urban fantasy writing, which is great, no question. But they often forget she writes amazing thrillers, like the Nadia Stafford trilogy (which I adore).

She's back in thriller-writing mode with City of the Lost (no signed copies available that I'm aware of), and I couldn't be more pleased.

Casey Duncan is a detective and a good one, but she can't keep her best friend, Diana, safe from Diana's abusive ex. Diana has run before, and Graham always finds her, and Casey's run with Diana in the past but has been unable to protect her. Now Diana wants to run one more time, to a haven that is kept off the grid. A little town in the Yukon wilderness where people can go when they need to disappear, sometimes for a few months, sometimes forever. And Diana wants Casey to run with her.

Casey has a reason for wanting to hide as well. Deep in her past, she killed someone and got away with it. Now it's possible that past is catching up to her, so maybe following Diana to this hidden town might not be such a bad thing.

But it turns out that the town of Rockton needs a good detective because the people there are being terrorized by a killer, and the sheriff needs all the help he can get if he's going to keep Rockton safe. Casey's just hoping her city street smarts are enough, because now a lot more is at stake than just an abusive ex and a shady past.

Kelley Armstrong has always been able to tell a good story, and City of the Lost is, in my mind, one of her absolute best. Yes, it falls into all the cliched categories - fast-paced, page-turner, action-packed - and it has my major requirement, fabulous flawed characters. But I was delighted by how skilfully Ms. Armstrong led me down the garden path and then twisted things around so I was surprised. All the way to the end, she kept the suspense going and I was sucked in all the way.

Let me put it this way - City of the Lost is written in present tense and I can't wait to go back and re-read it! Yeah, it's that good.  Kudos to Kelley Armstrong!

— Fran


Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

An edgy, gripping crime novel from bestselling urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.

About the Author

KELLEY ARMSTRONG graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now, she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada. She is the author of City of the Lost, the first book in the Casey Duncan mystery series.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250092168
ISBN-10: 1250092167
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Casey Duncan Novels