Panther's Prey

Lachlan Smith (Author)

Product Details

$24.00  $22.08
Mysterious Press
Publish Date
April 05, 2016
6.3 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Lachlan Smith was a Richard Scowcroft Fellow in the Stegner Program at Stanford and received an MFA from Cornell. He has written three previous books in the Leo Maxwell Mystery series: Bear Is Broken, which won the 2014 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel, Lion Plays Rough, and Fox Is Framed. Smith's fiction has also appeared in the Best New American Voices series. In addition to writing novels, he is an attorney practicing in the area of civil rights and employment law. He lives in Alabama.


Praise for Panther's Prey

"Smith's prose is smart and stylish. The central mystery is breathtakingly complex; feints, twists, double crosses, and red herrings abound . . . Leo transitions from courtroom gladiator to down-on-his-luck gumshoe without breaking stride . . . An intricately plotted, adrenaline-fueled tale that intrigues from page one, and ends with an epilogue that will leave fans hungering for Leo's next misadventure."--Mystery Scene

"Fans of Scott Turow will relish Smith's outstanding fourth Russian nesting doll of a whodunit featuring San Francisco lawyer Leo Maxwell . . . The plotting is impeccable, and Smith adds even more layers to his complex lead, while creating a San Francisco as morally ambiguous as Turow's Kindle County."--Publishers Weekly (boxed & starred review)

"The best installment in the series, even surpassing Bear Is Broken, the award-winning opening volume . . . laser-focused."--Bookreporter

Praise for Lachlan Smith & the Leo Maxwell mystery series:

"Lachlan Smith does a masterful turn in Fox Is Framed. A sharp-edged legal thriller with the deep emotional undertones of family drama and tragedy."--Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot

"Lachlan Smith has done the impossible--written a riveting debut novel that stands with the best legal thrillers on my bookshelf."--Linda Fairstein, on Bear Is Broken

"Smart, complex, and original . . . The characters got me hooked, the legal story got me to stay, and the originality of the telling stuck with me when I was finished."--Mystery Scene, on Fox Is Framed

"Smith is masterly in creating realistic courtroom scenes . . . and, even more impressively, enhances the trial with the human drama of the Smith family."--Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review), on Fox Is Framed

"Legal mysteries would be much more enjoyable if they didn't have self-aggrandizing lawyers in them. Lachlan Smith makes tidy work of neutralizing that problem in his first novel . . . Smith doesn't write like a novice."--New York Times Book Review, on Bear Is Broken