The Good Killer


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$26.00  $24.18
Mysterious Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Harry Dolan is the author of the mystery/suspense novels Bad Things Happen (2009), Very Bad Men (2011), The Last Dead Girl (2014), and The Man in the Crooked Hat (2017). He graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. A native of Rome, New York, he now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Praise for The Good Killer

"Slick and twisty...Mr. Dolan's great gifts for storytelling, well displayed in his four previous books, are in even fuller evidence in The Good Killer, a story somewhat larger in scope, thus allowing for yet more tension, suspense and surprising resolutions."--Wall Street Journal

"In just five standalone novels, Dolan has garnered a reputation for intelligent plots that gently weave in action with his well-sculpted characters' believable motives and a soupcon of humor. The Good Killer expertly delves into each character's psyche, showing the humanity in each."--Associated Press

"It is not exactly common to describe thrillers as fun and entertaining, but it's fair to say this one most certainly is...Written in Dolan's characteristically sophisticated prose, the action never stops, and the longer the chase goes on the more you sympathize with Sean and Molly."--Daily Mail

"[A] satisfying crime novel from Dolan...Both action junkies and readers who like their thrillers on the cerebral side will find something to enjoy."--Publishers Weekly

"If you're up for a first-rate page turner, look no further than Harry Dolan's The Good Killer...the book is basically one long and harrowing chase scene, right up to the explosive climax. Block out sufficient time to read The Good Killer in one sitting. It'll be hard to stop once you get started."--BookPage

"Once you start reading The Good Killer, there is no good place to stop, other than the end...Pick up the book, give yourself a few hours to read it, and then carve out a block of time to check out Dolan's impressive backlist on its own terms. You'll see what I mean."--Bookreporter

"A dazzling, cinematic thriller full of vivid characters and adrenaline-charged action. Dolan is writing in the tradition of the great Elmore Leonard, and he does the master proud."--Joseph Finder, New York Times-bestselling author of House on Fire

"The Good Killer should be Harry Dolan's break-out novel. Simply (but beautifully) written, it turns into something by turns complex, devious, full of vivid character and unexpected deceits, following as an act of irrational violence opens door after door that certain people don't want opened, laying bare conspiracy and theft, leading inevitably to manhunt and evasion and confrontation. It's terrific."--Stephen Hunter, author of Game of Snipers

Praise for Harry Dolan:

"Dolan is an inventive, offbeat writer who manages to provide an entertaining mystery and a scary look at psychopaths who do horrific things to people. His David Malone novels deserve the praise they've received."--Washington Post, on The Last Dead Girl

"The Man in the Crooked Hat expertly splinters into several investigations and delivers parallel stories of Jack's quest and Michael's rebuilding of his life. Each plot tendril blissfully leads to the next as Dolan illustrates intelligent plotting. A hint of humor and a flair for the ironic also elevate the story."--Associated Press, on The Man in the Crooked Hat

"Have you ever started a book and just knew it was going to be really, really good? That's what happened with this one. Harry Dolan instantly sets up a creepy vibe as the killer is revealed right up front--or so we're led to believe. Dolan is a fantastic stylist, adding an almost old-fashioned noir feel to a contemporary thriller. Surprising and frequently terrifying, you won't be able to put this one down. This is the first book I've read by Harry Dolan, and it certainly won't be my last." ―Criminal Element, on The Man in the Crooked Hat

"Dolan gets everything right in his debut, a suspense novel that breathes new life into familiar themes... the talent Dolan displays suggests he has a bright future."--Publishers Weekly, on Bad Things Happen

"Harry Dolan's extraordinary debut novel, Bad Things Happen, has so many delightful twists and turns that many readers will, upon finishing it, no doubt start over and re-read it just to see what may have been missed the first time through. Thoroughly entertaining, Bad Things Happen will certainly be included on, if not at the top of, lists of the best mystery novels this year. It's that good."--Mysterious Review, on Bad Things Happen

"The rare crime novel with something for everyone who reads crime fiction." --Kirkus Review, on Very Bad Men