- Post by MysteryPeople Contributor Meike Alana
In Larry D. Sweazy’s latest foray into the darker side of human nature, Where I Can See You, disgraced Detroit detective Hud Matthews returns to his hometown, the once-thriving lakeside community of Demmie Lake, which has fallen on hard times. Haunted by the disappearance of his mother when he was only 8 years old, Hud is determined to find out exactly what happened to her all those decades ago. But almost immediately after his arrival, the town is rocked by a seemingly senseless murder. While Hud races to find the killer, the body count begins to rise—and it seems that Hud may be the pursued as well as the pursuer as he uncovers long-held secrets that threaten to expose truths that have been hidden for far too long.
Larry D. Sweazy is a master of the atmospheric noir thriller. Demmie Lake is a dying town–the descriptions of the physical decay that has set in, the smells and sounds that accompany the rot, lend the perfect air to this dark and disturbing thriller. It’s a town where a secret lurks in almost every corner. Hud is a complicated character—at once the boy who never recovered from the disappearance of his mother, and also the hardened lawman who has killed in the line of duty. The parallel plot lines are satisfyingly complicated and well-crafted, and the pacing will leave the reader racing to finish.
Where I Can See You is the latest in Sweazy’s outstanding body of work. Some of his more recent works (which have been featured in the MysteryPeople blog) include A Thousand Falling Crows and the Marjorie Trumaine mystery series (See Also Murder and See Also Deception). He has won numerous awards for his novels as well as his short fiction.
Where I Can See You comes out today! You can find copies of Where I Can See You on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.