"Chris Culver is a daring new voice in crime fiction."
—Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Downfall
"Chris Culver is a writer to watch for years to come."
—C.J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Point and The Highway
NINE YEARS GONEis a fast-paced thriller mystery that features Steve Hale, a man who saves the love of his life from her abusive step-father by helping her disappear and framing him for her murder.
Today, that stepfather is dead, executed by the state of Missouri for a crime he didn’t commit, and Steve has a loving wife, a little girl who depends on him, a home, a career – everything he ever wanted and believed he could never have. He also has a new voicemail from a woman the rest of the world believes is dead.
A reunion with his former girlfriend quickly sours when Steve realizes that her stories don't match up – the one she told nine years ago and the one she told today. Unwittingly, he’s hurtling toward a dark secret – one some very dangerous people are willing to protect at any cost.
About Chris Culver:
Chris Culver is the bestselling author of the Ash Rashid series of mysteries. After graduate school, Chris taught courses in ethics and comparative religion at a small liberal arts university in southern Arkansas. While there and when he really should have been grading exams, he wrote THE ABBEY, which spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller's list and introduced the world to Detective Ash Rashid.
Chris has been a storyteller since he was a kid, but he decided to write crime fiction after picking up a dog-eared, coffee-stained paperback copy of Mickey Spillane's I, the Jury in a library book sale. Many years later, his wife, despite considerable effort, still can't stop him from bringing more orphan books home. The two of them, along with a labrador retriever named Roy, reside near St. Louis where Chris is hard at work on his next novel.
“Like Blue Velvet and Hitchcock films, NINE YEARS GONE tries to capture something dark and sinister just beneath the thin facade of everyday living... Thrilling, disturbing and at times gut-wrenching, NINE YEARS GONE is a fast-paced, tightly executed thriller with little breathing room and a penchant for not being able to be put down for long.”
On-sale Date: July 15, 2014