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Girls Like Us
By (author): Cristina Alger
9780525535805 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / General Jul 02, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.2 x 9.2 x 1.06 in 288 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
An Instant New York Times Bestseller

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife, worlds collide when an FBI agent investigates a string of grisly murders on Long Island that raises the impossible question: What happens when the primary suspect is your father?

FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother, Marisol, who was murdered when Nell was just seven.

When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in so that she can spread her father’s ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father’s partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect—and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Plagued by doubts about her mother’s murder—and her own role in exonerating her father in that case—Nell can’t help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques and why. But she may not like the answers she finds—not just about those she loves, but about herself.

Story Locale: Southampton, Palm Beach

STRONG AUTHOR TRACK: Cristina Alger’s debut, The Darlings, sold well across all formats and garnered rave reviews. We are anticipating equal acclaim for her forthcoming novel, The Banker’s Wife, which Putnam is publishing in July 2018.

STRONG ACCLAIM: The Banker’s Wife has received incredible praise from the thriller community, including remarks from heavy hitters Lee Child, Nelson DeMille, Mary Kubica, Alafair Burke, and Chris Pavone, among others. The novel has garnered rave reviews, and we have a major tour lined up with numerous joint events with bestselling authors.

BUILDING ON HER NEW TRACK AS A FRESH, NEW THRILLER WRITER: We plan to build on Alger’s strong start with The Banker’s Wife, which repositioned her as a thriller writer, and plan for a consistent book a year. Girls Like Us is the first of a new two-book contract, and Alger is creating a name for herself as a strong thriller writer in the tradition of John Grisham, particularly in a genre crowded with gimmicks.

WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR: Alger has stellar connections in the publishing world. She is in a book club with Harlan Coben, Lee Child, and Nelson DeMille, and she also hosts friends and colleagues at book club dinners (recently featuring Janice Y.K. Lee, Helen Ellis, Chris Pavone, and Amor Towles). She is on the board of the Young Lions at the New York Public Library.

UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO SETTING: Alger knows this setting and this world particularly well, spending significant time in her house in Quogue and sharing the experiences of summer visitors and locals.

PERFECT TIMING WITH PAPERBACK RELEASE: Putnam will publish Alger’s The Banker’s Wife in trade paperback in April 2019, and will feature a teaser chapter of Girls Like Us.

JUST ANNOUNCED, AN EXCITING NEW TV ADAPTATION OF THE BANKER’S WIFE: The series will be produced by the team behind Homeland and will star Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike—featuring an all-female creative team.

Cristina Alger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife, The Darlings, and This Was Not the Plan. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in New York with her husband and children.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: New York City

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Girls Like Us is the best of psychological suspense: nuanced, expertly fast-paced, and full of surprises you truly don’t see coming. Cristina Alger is my kind of writer—as graceful on the page as she is gritty.”—Harlan Coben

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