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THE MAN IN THE CROOKED HAT
Private investigator Jack Pellum has spent two years searching for the man he believes murdered his wife -- a man he last saw wearing a peacoat and a fedora. Months of posting fliers and combing through crime records yield no leads. Then a local writer commits suicide, and he leaves a bewildering message that may be the first breadcrumb in a winding trail of unsolved murders . . .
There's a killer, and he wears a crooked hat.
Michael Underhill is a philosophical man preoccupied by what-ifs and could-have-beens, but his life is finally coming together. He has a sweet and beautiful girlfriend, and together they’re building their future home. Nothing will go wrong, not if Underhill has anything to say about it. The problem is, Underhill has a past that's shrouded in darkness, and it’s coming back to haunt him.
These two men are inexorably drawn together in a mystery where there is far more than meets the eye, and nothing can be taken for granted. Filled with devious reversals and razor-sharp tension, The Man in the Crooked Hat is a masterwork from “one of America’s best new crime writers” (Lansing State Journal).
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Reviews of THE MAN IN THE CROOKED HAT
> Publishers Weekly (*Starred review, October 2, 2017):
"Set in Detroit, this relentless thriller from Dolan (The Last Dead Girl) focuses on an ex-cop’s search for the man who murdered his wife. Two years after Jack Pellum’s beloved Olivia, a photographer, was strangled near the Huron River, Jack remains obsessed with finding the killer, whom he believes to be a man wearing a fedora he saw watching her a few days before her death. He continues to blanket the city with flyers bearing the suspect’s image. Then Carl Dumisani, his former partner, reports that someone has written, “There’s a killer, and he wears a crooked hat,” on the wall near the body of a recent suicide. This news leads Jack to Paul Rook, who thinks that his mother was killed by Olivia’s murderer. Dolan has a gift for making the circumstances of even minor characters moving, such as a 30-something man resigned to a meaningless life working in a coffee shop. Superior prose, plotting, and characterization put Dolan in the top rank of crime novelists."
> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (October 12, 2017):
The title of Harry Dolan’s The Man in the Crooked Hat (Putnam, out Nov. 28) speaks volumes. Set mostly in Detroit, this is an unpredictable mystery with an off-kilter plot and distinctive characters. Jack Pellum is a Michigan PI on a mission to find the man in the crooked hat who he believes murdered his wife. Jack’s investigation uncovers connections to two other murders 20 years earlier where a witness also saw a man in a hat. But is he the same person? Related? Or has Jack’s obsession taken on a life of its own? With deft dialogue propelling its plot, you’ll need to, well, hold on to yours.