About the Book

Dreams and deception collide in David Carnoy's page-turning tale of murder, manipulation, and mistaken identity.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.



About the Author

David Carnoy

While David Carnoy lives in New York City with his wife and children, his novels are mainly set in Silicon Valley, where he grew up and went to high school (Palo Alto) . His debut novel, Knife Music (2010) , was a Top-10 bestseller on the Kindle and also a bestseller on the Nook. More medical thriller than high-tech thriller, to research the novel Carnoy spent a lot of time talking with doctors, visiting trauma centers, and trailed a surgeon at a hospital in Northern California to help create the book's protagonist, Dr. Ted Cogan.

The Big Exit (2012) and Lucidity (2017) are part of a trilogy that features Detective Hank Madden, but they're designed to be read as standalone thrillers. All his novels have a bit of a high-tech slant, reflecting Carnoy's experiences as an executive editor at CNET.com, where he currently works and is trying resolve his obsession with consumer electronics products. He went to college at Wesleyan University and has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

"A lot people ask me how I have time to write novels when I have a full-time job and four young kids and I just say I got a hold of some of those pills Bradley Cooper's character popped in the movie Limitless," Carnoy says. He adds that if Bradley Cooper is reading this, he'd make "an excellent Dr. Ted Cogan for the film version of Knife Music."

Carnoy is also fan of The Big Lebowski and all Coen brothers movies except The Ladykillers.



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