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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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The Boy
A Novel
By (author): Tami Hoag
9781101985410 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Crime Jul 02, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.49 x 8.2 x 1.07 in 496 pages Dutton
An unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime? #1 NYT bestselling author Tami Hoag keeps you guessing in her most harrowing thriller yet.

A panic-stricken woman runs in the dead of night, battered and bloodied, desperate to find help….

When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he’s ever seen. Genevieve’s seven-year-old son, KJ, has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick’s wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through, but as a detective she’s troubled by a story that makes little sense. Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind?

When the very next day KJ’s sometimes babysitter, twelve-year-old Nora Florette, is reported missing, the town is up in arms, fearing a maniac is preying on their children. With pressure mounting from a tough, no-nonsense new sheriff, the media, and the parents of Bayou Breaux, Nick and Annie dig deep into the dual mysteries. But sifting through Genevieve Gauthier’s tangled web of lovers and sorting through a cast of local lowlifes brings more questions than answers. Is someone from Genevieve’s past or present responsible for the death of her son? Is the missing teenager, Nora, a victim, or something worse? Then everything changes when Genevieve’s past as a convicted criminal comes to light.

The spotlight falls heavily on the grieving mother who is both victim and accused. Could she have killed her own child to free herself of the burden of motherhood, or is the loss of her beloved boy pushing her to the edge of insanity? Could she have something to do with the disappearance of Nora Florette, or is the troubled teenager the key to the murder? How far will Nick and Annie have to go to uncover the dark truth of the boy?

Story Locale: Louisiana

Series Overview: Detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard return for another chilling case in their sleepy Lousiana town.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: Tami Hoag’s most recent books have been among the highest ranking of her career, with her last three hardcovers all debuting in the top ten of the New York Times bestseller list.

THREE FORMAT SCHEDULE: With The Bitter Season, Tami moved to a three-format schedule, and both the trade paperback and mass market of The Bitter Season hit PW’s bestseller list, with the mass market additionally hitting B&N’s and the ABA Indiebound bestseller list, so we have a great platform to build upon for the trade paperback of The Boy.

RETURN OF NICK AND ANNIE: While a standalone novel, The Boy will feature Detectives Nick and Annie of Hoag’s New York Times bestselling novel A Thin Dark Line.

TAMI HOAG is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books. There are more than forty million copies of her books in print in more than thirty languages. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times bestseller list with Night Sins, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. She lives in CA.

Author Residence: California

Author Hometown: Minnesota

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Praise for Tami Hoag:

“Every Tami Hoag book is deviously plotted, compulsively page-turning, with dead-on dialogue and twisted characters. You’re in the hands of a master with Tami Hoag.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline

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