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Bad Things Happen

(2009)
(The first book in the David Loogan series)
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"A wonderfully moody and atmospheric story reminiscent of the masters of the noir mysteries. Tightly plotted, sophisticated, and engrossing, this is a winner."
Nelson DeMille


"Bad Things Happen is a very smart, well-written roller coaster ride that is always threatening to hurl the reader out into roaring empty space. Go along for the thrill ride!"
James Patterson


"From the astringent first sentence - 'The shovel has to meet certain requirements' - Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan builds like a Midwestern thunderhead into an atmosphere of darkness, dread, and impending doom. It is a hypnotically readable novel, with richly wrought characters, a corkscrew plot, and dialog worthy of Elmore Leonard. What a breathtaking debut."
Douglas Preston


"Bad Things Happen is a tense read that keeps you tightly in its grip until the very last page. Harry Dolan has written an incredibly rich, smart read reminiscent of A Simple Plan or Presumed Innocent - not to mention that it's just a damn good story. Readers are in for a breathless ride."
Karin Slaughter


The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets - and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. When Tom offers him a job as an editor, Loogan sees no harm in accepting. What he doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong. Bad things happen. People die.

Elizabeth Waishkey is a single mother raising a fifteen-year-old daughter. She's also the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department. But when Tom Kristoll turns up dead, she doesn'nt know quite what to make of David Loogan. Is he a killer, or an ally who might help her find the truth? Loogan, for his part, would like to trust her, but he has his own agenda. He suspects his friend's death is part of a much larger puzzle, and he's not going to wait for someone else to put the pieces together.

As Loogan and Elizabeth navigate their way through the Kristolls' world, they find no shortage of people with motives for murder, from a young graduate student obsessed with Laura Kristoll to a trio of bestselling writers, all of them with secrets they don't want uncovered. But as the deaths start mounting up - some of them echoing stories published in Gray Streets - Loogan begins to look more and more like the most promising suspect. Soon it becomes clear that only Elizabeth can find the path to solving both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself. But by the time she unravels the twisted skein, Loogan may be indicted for murder - or, more likely, become the next victim.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Used availability for Harry Dolan's Bad Things Happen


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Hardback Editions

May 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: Bad Things Happen
Author(s): Harry Dolan
ISBN: 1-4448-0655-6 / 978-1-4448-0655-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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July 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Bad Things Happen
Author(s): Harry Dolan
ISBN: 0-399-15563-5 / 978-0-399-15563-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Bad Things Happen
Author(s): Harry Dolan
ISBN: 0-09-193310-2 / 978-0-09-193310-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction)
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June 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Bad Things Happen
Author(s): Harry Dolan
ISBN: 0-425-23440-1 / 978-0-425-23440-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2009 : UK Audio CD
Title: Bad Things Happen
Author(s): Harry Dolan
ISBN: 0-14-314459-6 / 978-0-14-314459-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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July 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: Bad Things Happen
Author(s): Harry Dolan
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   

July 2009 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bad Things Happen
Author(s): Harry Dolan
ISBN: 1-4159-6584-6 / 978-1-4159-6584-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Bad Things Happen
Author(s): Harry Dolan
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Bad Things Happen (David Loogan)
Author(s): Harry Dolan
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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