After his "gripping thriller debut" ( Kirkus ) Knife Music and sophomore "page turner" ( Examiner.com ) The Big Exit , David Carnoy's Detective Hank Madden returns in this bicoastal caper that pits dreams against reality, where nothing can be taken at face value.Read more...
After his "gripping thriller debut" (Kirkus) Knife Music and sophomore "page turner" (Examiner.com) The Big Exit, David Carnoy's Detective Hank Madden returns in this bicoastal caper that pits dreams against reality, where nothing can be taken at face value.
Twenty years after the unsolved case of Stacey Walker's disappearance went cold, a Silicone Valley executive hires the retired Menlo Park Police Detective Hank Madden to find her body and track down her missing husband, the prime suspect in her unsolved murder. Four months later, author Candace Epstein is pushed in front of a car near Central Park. Her editor Max Fremmer becomes entangled into the investigation of her attempted murder, though he is adamant that he is uninvolved. As he digs into Candace's background to clear his own name, Fremmer grows suspicious of his client's connection to a nefarious institute for lucid dreaming on the Upper East Side and its staff whose stories never seem to add up--all while an unexpected link emerges to Detective Madden's investigation in California.
As similarities arise between the cases on each coast, Detective Madden and Fremmer forge an unlikely partnership to expose what misconduct lurks beneath the facade of the Lucidity Center--but can they unravel the secret that links their investigations together in time, or are they only dreaming? Carnoy's Lucidity stuns with complex detail that will keep readers guessing until the final, satisfying jolt.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-19
- Reviewer: Staff
At the start of Carnoys spellbinding third thriller (after 2012s The Big Exit), Max Fremmer, a book doctor who lives on Manhattans Upper West Side, learns from an NYPD cop that his client Candace Epstein, who recently told him that she knew something bad about someone, has been pushed in front of a car on Central Park West with fatal results. In his search for the truth behind Candaces death, the wily Max gets involved with the Lucid Dreaming Center, an institute that helps people control their dreams. Flash back four months to California, where retired detective Hank Madden of the Menlo Park PD decides to look into the decades-old cold case of Stacy Walker, who disappearedas did her husband, Ross, who was suspected of her murder. Hank gets busy digging up a backyard where Stacy might be buried. Max and Hank connect with amusing results as their two cases converge. Carneys sharp sense of humor and clever plottinga character suffers a pair of setbacks involving a check he didnt write and a text he didnt sendmake this novel a standout. Agent: John Silbersack, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)