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The Girl with a Clock for a Heart

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George Foss never thought he'd see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack's Tavern.

When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl's grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece - the one who had committed suicide - was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved - and of the things she may have done to escape her past.

Now, twenty years later, she's back, and she's telling George that he's the only one who can help her...

In his electrifying debut, Peter Swanson evokes the spirit of
Body Heat and Double Indemnity, in a thriller about love, loss and those memories we hold closest to our hearts.
' was like I had a secret
disease, or there was this clock inside of me, ticking like a heart,
and at any moment an alarm would go off ...'

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"As good as they come. A thrilling slice of contemporary noir with twists that you won't see coming." - Mark Billingham

"An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that dares you to turn the next page . . . This novel burns faster and hotter than a lit fuse, and you’ll be feeling its heat long after the explosive ending." - Wiley Cash

"What do you say when a woman who broke your heart years ago and is wanted for questioning in connection to a murder pops back into your life to ask a favor? If she’s as alluring as Liana Dector, you say, ‘Yes.’ And hope you survive . . . The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is a twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride." - Dennis Lehane

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