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Joe Clifford
Clifford understands human potential for moral collapse and redemption...
Publishers Weekly on Lamentation
...gritty and addicting.
—LitReactor on December Boys
...character-driven noir at its finest.
—Author Jennifer Hillier on Give Up the Dead        
...a hard-bitten and hard-boiled loner who manages
to make you root for him and all the world's underdogs.

—Author Reed Farrel Coleman on Give Up the Dead
Clifford paints true-to-life characters with
the same gritty touch as the best of Dennis Lehane.

—Author Robert Dugoni on Lamentation
...the kind of wrenching, powerful work that defies easy categorization...
—Author Jerry Stahl on Lamentation

The One That Got Away

New standalone coming December 3rd:

The One That Got Away


In the early 2000s, a string of abductions rocked the small upstate town of Reine, New York. Only one girl survived: Alex Salerno. The killer, Ken Parsons, was sent away. Life returned to normal. No more girls would have to die. Until another one did.

It's been twelve years since Kira Shanks was reported missing and presumed dead. Alex Salerno has been living in New York City trying to forget those three days locked underground. Now she is drawn into a dangerous game of show and tell in an insular town where everyone has a secret to hide. And as more details emerge about the night Kira Shanks went missing, Alex discovers there are some willing to kill to protect the horrific truth.

In the modern vein of Dark Places and Mystic River, The One That Got Away is a dark, psychological thriller, featuring a compelling, conflicted heroine and a page-turning narrative that races toward its final, shocking conclusion.

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Broken Ground

Broken Ground

Jay Porter Series Book 4

At an AA meeting, handyman and part-time investigator Jay Porter meets a recovering addict who needs his help. In the midst of another grueling northern New Hampshire winter, Amy Lupus' younger sister, Emily, has gone missing from the Coos County Center, the newly opened rehab run by Jay's old nemeses, Adam and Michael Lombardi. As Jay begins looking into Emily's disappearance, he finds that all who knew Emily swear that she's never used drugs. She's a straight shooter and an intern at a newspaper investigating the Center—and the horrendous secret hidden in it—or beneath it.

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Manafort Porter connection

The True Story Behind Jay Porter and the Manafort Brothers
Like the workers in Broken Ground, my father Neil was knowingly sent by [the Manafort Brothers] to die at a contaminated job site.

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