"A perfect mix of plot, suspense, emotion, and character. It's flawlessly done - one of the best and most resonant thrillers of the year."
- Robin Agnew, Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookshop
"Engaging and enthralling...Mystery fans should drop everything and pick up this book!"
-- Associated Press
""A dark nightmare of a tale with echoes of Dennis Lehane at his level best."
- Providence Journal
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Okay, so I am happy. The reviews are awesome. Now--crossing fingers.
So here's the question I love to answer: Where do you get your ideas? Because my life is so rich and so full, ideas are always crashing into each other! And, somehow, exactly when I need them. For instance, for WHAT YOU SEE… Oh did I tell you? The pub date is today!
I will pause right now while you go buy the book. http://www.HankPhillippiRyan.com/what-you-see.php
Thank you! So. Where did WHAT YOU SEE come from?
One part: Jake Brogan, coolest detective in the world, catches a murder case. A man has been stabbed in Curley Park, right by the tourist magnet Faneuil Hall. And the incident is captured on camera by call phones, surveillance cameras, and (remember these?) regular cameras! And how many other bystanders witnessed the whole thing? Jake and his partner DeLuca have a problem they never thought they'd encounter.
Where did this come from? Out of a case my husband had. He represented a murder defendant who was charged with stabbing a person exactly in the same spot by the Curley Statues. And one of the pieces of evidence was a tourist's cell phone snapshot of the incident. When he told me about it, I asked: "Does the snapshot show your client's face?"
And Jonathan said no.
"Well, I that's good thing," I replied. "It doesn't even show his face!"
And Jonathan said "Well, possibly. But it does show his tattoo."
Now when you read the book and get to that part, you will know the inside scoop.
Another part: You also might remember the story of “Clark Rockefeller,” the scam artist, impersonator, and general mauvais vivant (I made up that expression, I think) who kidnapped his pre-teen daughter. Parental abduction of children is such a terrifying thought.... So, being a crime fiction author, I wanted to think about it. And contemplate and explore what might happen if it occurred in your own family. And--might there be a good reason a child would be abducted?
Jane Ryland, reporter extraordinaire, does not know the answer to that when she gets the phone call.
So, now, dear friends, it is up to you. Here's an order link--and hey! If you order by October 26, I will send you gifts! A paperback of one of my first 7 books (free!), AND a cool eyeglasses case (WHAT YOU SEE, get it?) and a signed bookplate. Just click here for the scoop!
Hey. Thank you. This is a big moment in time, and I am thrilled we can all share it together. I am off to Florida today, and then Wednesday in Atlanta, and then back to Boston for a launch party Thursday (you’re invited!)--and then out again. Here's my schedule. Come say hello!
And did I say- -thank you?
Love you all madly…