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Lamentation

(2014)
(The first book in the Jay Porter series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best Novel (nominee)
2015 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel

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 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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Joe Clifford is a talent to be recognized, and I predict readers will remember his name for a long time." - David Corbett

"Some books live on in your mind long after you put them down, and Lamentation is one of them. The novel' 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. Most of all, it was the voice of Jay Porter, the book's protagonist, that grabbed me from the start cocky and smart, sarcastic yet soulful, barely able to keep his life together yet determined to help his troubled brother. Joe Clifford's talent is exceptional." - Hilary Davidson

"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

"Jay Porteris a solid New England guy who s had a troubled life. His parents died in an auto accident under suspicious circumstances when he was a kid. His brother is a drug addict. He and his girl have split up. He barely knows his young son. He makes ends meet bydoing odd jobs. Yet when his brother is suspected of murdering his business partner, Jay s staunch character and moral code compel him to help his siblingand stare down his personal demons. From its compelling opening through its stunning climax, Lamentation is deftly plotted, immensely readable and artfully executed. This story is as chilling as a winter day in Northern New Hampshire." - Sheldon Siegel


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Used availability for Joe Clifford's Lamentation

Hardback Editions

October 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lamentation: A Novel (1) (Jay Porter Series)
Author(s): Joe Clifford
ISBN: 1-60809-133-3 / 978-1-60809-133-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lamentation: A Novel (1) (Jay Porter Series)
Author(s): Joe Clifford
ISBN: 1-60809-185-6 / 978-1-60809-185-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lamentation
Author(s): Joe Clifford
Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC
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August 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Lamentation
Author(s): Joe Clifford
Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lamentation
Author(s): Joe Clifford
Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Lamentation
Author(s): Joe Clifford
Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lamentation
Author(s): Joe Clifford
ISBN: 1-62079-561-2 / 978-1-62079-561-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2015 : USA Audio CD

Title: Lamentation: Library Edition
Author(s): Joe Clifford
ISBN: 1-62079-486-1 / 978-1-62079-486-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cherry Hill Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lamentation: A Novel (The Jay Porter Series Book 1)
Author(s): Joe Clifford
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU