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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg, comes an explosive, page-turning investigative thriller - with a mind-blowing twist.

There's a saying in Barstow, California, a decaying city in the scorching Mojave desert . . .

The Interstate here only goes in one direction: Away.

But it's the only place where ex-LAPD detective Beth McDade, after a staggering fall from grace, could get another badge . . . and a shot at redemption.

Over a century ago, and just a few miles further into the bleak landscape, a desperate stranger ended up in Calico, a struggling mining town, also hoping for a second chance.

His fate, all those years ago, and hers today are linked when Beth investigates an old skeleton dug up in a shallow, sandy grave . . . and also tries to identify a vagrant run-over by a distracted motorhome driver during a lightning storm.

Every disturbing clue she finds, every shocking discovery she makes, force Beth to confront her own troubled past . . . and a past that's not her own . . . until it all smashes together in a revelation that could change the world.
Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Lee Goldberg delivers with the unapologetically savvy Beth McDade, a detective unafraid of following the dead bodies and the mystery surrounding them. Calico couples history with good old fashioned detective work." - Yasmin Angoe

"A mind-bending thriller unlike anything I have read before. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." - Linwood Barclay

"A two-fisted western mystery with a compelling heroine in Beth McDade. If you like the Yellowstone series and its spinoffs, you'll love Calico!" - Peter Brandvold

"A superb twin-track thriller featuring constant intrigue and a huge secret - could be Lee Goldberg's best ever." - Lee Child

"In Calico, Lee Goldberg seamlessly blends a present-day police procedural with a Western from the 1880s. The results are a genre-bending, gripping read." - Harlan Coben

"A tour de force of a novel. The authenticity is overwhelming, the writing is taut, and the mystery is thoroughly engrossing." - James Robert Daniels

"One of the most compelling novels I've read in a long time. Great characters, a vivid historical setting, and intriguing plot twists had me staying up late to finish it. Goldberg always delivers the goods, and Calico is something special." - James Reasoner

"Calico is stunningly original - a magical mixture of a murder mystery and an old-fashioned Western, set in the California desert. It's also a heartwarming, epic story of one family that spans the centuries. Read it today - you won't soon forget it!" - Matt Witten

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