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Night Work

by Steve Hamilton

St. Martin's Press | November 20, 2013 | Hardcover

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Award-winning author of the acclaimed Alex McKnight series Steve Hamilton delivers his eagerly awaited, breakaway thriller with Night Work.
Joe Trumbull is not a man who scares easily. As a juvenile probation officer in Kingston, New York, he''s half cop, half social worker to the most high-risk youth in the city. And when he''s not pounding the streets, trying to keep his kids out of jail, he''s pounding a heavy bag in the gym to stay in shape. 
But tonight Joe Trumbull is scared to death.
It''s been two years since his fiancée, Laurel, was brutally murdered. Two years of grief and loneliness. On this hot summer night, he''s finally going out on a blind date, his first date since Laurel''s death. He''s not looking for love, just testing the waters to see if it''s possible to live a normal life again. The thought of it is turning his knees to jelly.
Marlene Frost is a beautiful woman. She''s warm and funny, with a smile to match. After the first awkward minutes, Joe finally starts to think this isn''t such a bad idea after all. In fact, maybe this blind date will turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened to him.
He couldn''t be more wrong. Because somehow, for reasons Joe can barely understand, this one evening will mark the beginning of a new nightmare. A nightmare that will lead him to the faceless man in the shadows, and to the most terrible realization of all..
For Joe Trumbull, the past is never past. And the worst is yet to come.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.97 × 5.85 × 1.21 in

Published: November 20, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312353618

ISBN - 13: 9780312353612

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Night Work

by Steve Hamilton

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.97 × 5.85 × 1.21 in

Published: November 20, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312353618

ISBN - 13: 9780312353612

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Chapter 1 I was scared to death that night. I admit it. I sat in my second-story window, taping my hands and looking down at the cars on the street. I should have been wearing a white undershirt to complete the picture, and playing my saxophone while the people passed below me on the hot sidewalk. If I could have played the damned thing worth a lick, I would have. Instead I just sat there and watched an early moon rise high above the buildings. When I saw it, I said to myself, here’s one more excuse not to go through with this. A full moon is nothing but trouble for me. If you think it’s an old wives’ tale, just ask anybody with a job like mine. Go ask a cop working the night shift, or a doctor in the emergency room. He’ll tell you. A full moon means a busy night. I thought about finding some music to calm me down. Something slow and easy. But I figured no, that’ll just drive me nuts, so I went downstairs and jumped some rope. Then I worked the speed bag, one hand over the other as fast as I could, fast as a drum roll. I hit the heavy bag for a while, just long enough to make my hands hurt and my arms feel slightly numb for the rest of the evening. Anderson held the bag for me, and watched me with that knowing smile on his face. “Somebody’s a little wired,” he said. “Don’t tell me you’re anxious about tonight.” “Not at all.” A lie as big as the lump in my throat. “Come on, Joe,” he
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Award-winning author of the acclaimed Alex McKnight series Steve Hamilton delivers his eagerly awaited, breakaway thriller with Night Work.
Joe Trumbull is not a man who scares easily. As a juvenile probation officer in Kingston, New York, he''s half cop, half social worker to the most high-risk youth in the city. And when he''s not pounding the streets, trying to keep his kids out of jail, he''s pounding a heavy bag in the gym to stay in shape. 
But tonight Joe Trumbull is scared to death.
It''s been two years since his fiancée, Laurel, was brutally murdered. Two years of grief and loneliness. On this hot summer night, he''s finally going out on a blind date, his first date since Laurel''s death. He''s not looking for love, just testing the waters to see if it''s possible to live a normal life again. The thought of it is turning his knees to jelly.
Marlene Frost is a beautiful woman. She''s warm and funny, with a smile to match. After the first awkward minutes, Joe finally starts to think this isn''t such a bad idea after all. In fact, maybe this blind date will turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened to him.
He couldn''t be more wrong. Because somehow, for reasons Joe can barely understand, this one evening will mark the beginning of a new nightmare. A nightmare that will lead him to the faceless man in the shadows, and to the most terrible realization of all..
For Joe Trumbull, the past is never past. And the worst is yet to come.

About the Author

Steve Hamilton was born in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the prestigious Avery Hopwood Prize for writing. His first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before going on to win both the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. In 2006, Steve won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. He lives in Cottekill, New York, with his wife, Julia, and their two children.
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