cover image Sunrise Highway

Sunrise Highway

Peter Blauner. Minotaur, $27.99 (448p) ISBN 978-1-250-11741-0

Bestseller Blauner’s excellent sequel to 2017’s Proving Ground connects two strong story lines—the discovery of a body washed up on a beach in Far Rockaway, Queens, and a trail of murdered women along Long Island’s Route 27 (aka Sunrise Highway) that dates back to 1977. The case involving the body found on the beach—a badly decomposed pregnant woman with stones lodged in her throat—resonates with NYPD Det. Lourdes Robles, whose sister has been missing for six months. But as she begins to find connections between the killing and numerous murders out of her jurisdiction in Suffolk County, she becomes entangled with police chief Joey Tolliver, a charmer who has more than a few skeletons in his closet. The intertwining narratives—Robles’s investigation and Tolliver’s shadowy backstory—make for an action-packed and plot twist–laden thriller. Exploring such subjects as police corruption, misogyny, and racism, this is a page-turner of the highest order. [em]Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (Sept.) [/em]