Moon Lake

Mulholland. Jun. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780316540643. $28. M
Thirteen-year-old Daniel Russell miraculously survives his father’s attempt to kill them both by driving off a bridge into Moon Lake, but the car and Daniel’s father disappear into the murky depths of the lake. Ten years later, Daniel is a recently published author working as a newspaper reporter when he receives a call from the local police department saying that his father’s car has been discovered. Daniel returns to the small Texas town of New Long Lincoln to discover that not only have the police found his father’s remains, but there is a second body inside the car’s trunk. The police believe that the body belongs to his mother, but Daniel disagrees. He launches an investigation of his own to find out what happened to his father and mother, but winds up unearthing old grudges, dark deeds, and murder that certain folks don’t want uncovered. Will Daniel’s quest for the truth cost him his life?
VERDICT Lansdale does it again with this evocative, moody, and earthy rendering of a small Texas town with many secrets waiting to be uncovered. Perfect for fans of Ace Atkins, Greg Iles, and Craig Johnson.
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