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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

New standalones:

Occams Razor

Occams Razor

Former top-flight NFL prospect Oz Reyes heads security for Coastal Sports Network in Los Angeles. On the eve of the annual awards show, his gravely ill boss Delma Dupree summons him to Miami, entrusting him with a file, which she swears will exonerate her adopted son Rodney of a horrific crime. Once Oz comes in possession of that file, an open-and-shut case suddenly seems less so, delivering Oz into South Florida's glitzy and glamorous underbelly, reopening a case the rich and powerful would prefer stay closed. With the help of his ex-girlfriend Tania and her ex-convict brother, Angel, Oz uncovers a Miami rarely seen, one crawling with shifty detectives, rogue assassins, and hard-drinking, sexual deviants—and no one and nothing is what it seems. In the vein of modern mystery/pop culture writers such as Michael Connelly (Bosch novels), Gillian Flynn (Dark Places), and Dennis Lehane (Gone, Baby, Gone), Joe Clifford's Occam's Razor is a fast-paced, intricately plotted novel that balances accessible prose, masterful suspense, and a twisted, cinematic climax.

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The Lakehouse

Coming September 15th
lakehouse

After being cleared of his wife's murder, Todd Norman returns to her small Connecticut hometown in order to finish building their dream house by the lake, only to find new suspicions cast when a young woman's body washes up on the beach next door.

When Tracy Somerset, divorced mother from the small town of Covenant, CT, meets a handsome stranger in a midnight Wal-Mart, she has no idea she is speaking with Todd Norman, the former Wall Street financier dubbed "The Banker Butcher" by the New York tabloids. The following morning, on the beach by Norman's back-under-construction lakehouse, another young woman's body is discovered. Sheriff Dwane Sobczak's investigation leads him to town psychiatrist Dr. Meshulum Bakshir, whose position at a troubled girls' group home a decade ago yields disturbing ties to several local, prominent players, including a radical preacher, a disgraced politician, a down-and-out PI—and Sobczak's own daughter. Unfolding over the course of New England's distinct four seasons, The Lakehouse is a domestic psychological thriller about the wayward and marginalized, the lies we tell those closest to us, and the price of forbidden love in an insular community where it seems everyone has a story to tell—and a past they prefer stay buried.

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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.

Read the article in Mystery Scene