Lamentation: A Novel (Jay Porter Series #1)
Anthony Award nominee for Best Mystery Novel
How much should one brother sacrifice for another?
In a frigid New Hampshire winter, Jay Porter is trying to eke out a living and maintain some semblance of a relationship with his former girlfriend and their two-year-old son. When he receives an urgent call that Chris, his drug-addicted and chronically drunk brother, is being questioned by the sheriff about his missing junkie business partner, Jay feels obliged to come to his rescue.
After Jay negotiates his brother’s release from the county jail, Chris disappears into the night. As Jay begins to search for him, he is plunged into a cauldron of ugly lies and long-kept secrets that could tear apart his small hometown and threaten the lives of Jay and all those he holds dear.
Powerful forces come into play that will stop at nothing until Chris is dead and the information he harbors is destroyed.
Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Dennis Lehane
While all of the novels in the Jay Porter Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Give Up the Dead
Rag and Bone
Praise for Lamentation: A Novel (Jay Porter Series #1)
“Clifford paints true-to-life characters with the same gritty touch as the best of Dennis Lehane. Straightforward and edgy, Lamentation gnaws with nail-biting tension on every page. A must-read for contemporary hardboiled mystery fans who appreciate the type of terse dialogue and real-life conflicts and settings Elmore Leonard so richly brought to life.” —Robert Dugoni, New York Times best-selling author
“Lamentation is deftly plotted, immensely readable and artfully executed. This story is as chilling as a winter day in Northern New Hampshire.” —Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best-selling author
“Some books live on in your mind long after you put them down, and Lamentation is one of them. The novel’s perfectly constructed plot unfolds with the thoughtful precision and menace of a cat burglar. The pervasive atmosphere of psychological suspense ratchets up a notch with each page turned. Joe Clifford’s talent is exceptional.” —Hilary Davidson, author of Blood Always Tells
“This tale of small-town secrets and the troubled, unfathomable, unbreakable bond of brothers reminded me of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan—high praise. Joe Clifford is a talent to be recognized.” —David Corbett, award-winning author of The Mercy of the Night
Praise for the Jay Porter Series
“The writing snaps. The story crackles. The characters are achingly real.” —Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning and best-selling author
“Gritty and gripping, with prose that cuts to the bone. Joe Clifford has crafted a modern noir that pulls no punches.” —Riley Sager, New York Times best-selling author
“The depth of the characters. The vividness of the New Hampshire winter setting. The importance of the novel's theme. Joe Clifford’s a crime writer to pay attention to.” —David Morrell, New York Times best-selling author
“Joe Clifford writes the kind of books that I love to read, mysteries that not only make you think, but make you feel. He is a master at creating characters that bind to your DNA and stay with you long after the last page is turned.” —Allen Eskens, USA Today best-selling author