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The Dead Detective

About the author:

      William Heffernan, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the author of sixteen novels, including The Corsican, The Dinosaur Club (a New York Times best seller), and Tarnished Blue (winner of an Edgar Award). Akashic Books has published trade paperback editions of Heffernan’s novels Beulah Hill, Cityside, and A Time Gone By. Heffernan lives outside of St. Petersburg, Florida.

About the book:

      Harry Doyle was murdered as a ten-year-old child and brought back to life by two Tampa cops. Twenty years later he has dedicated his life to putting killers behind bars as a homicide detective who has the unwanted ability to hear the postmortem whispers of murder victims. Dubbed "The Dead Detective" by his fellow cops, Doyle now faces his most difficult case—a beautiful murder victim who was a notorious child molester. It is a case that will shake Harry to his very core.


    William Heffernan is one of the finest craftsmen in mystery fiction. The publication of a new Heffernan novel is an event worth cheering, and The Dead Detective is no exception. A mystery treat. A literary treat.
                                                                               — John Lutz, author of Night Kills

    William Heffernan has written some crime fiction classics, and this much-anticipated return delivers a promising new protagonist, a plot with all the heat of its Florida Gulf Coast setting, and a finale that settles with beautiful, gentle menace. The Dead Detective is a veteran pro proving that he has much more to offer. Heffernan writes in a way that challenges the mind and the soul.
— Michael koryta, author of The Silent Hour

     Harry Doyle is Tampa’s answer to Harry Bosch — a cop who’s tough, competent, consummately cool, but most of all, compassionate. And boy, does he have an interesting enemy. Hard-boiled fans will love this!
— Julie Smith, author of Mean Woman Blues

     William Heffernan’s The Dead Detective breathes new life into the classic police drama. Jam-packed with strong characters and a powerful plot, The Dead Detective is as fine a book of its genre as I’ve read in decades.
                — Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of Innocent Monster                                                                 

       William Heffernan is one of the rare mystery writers who cares about soul.
                                                                                    Martin Cruz Smith