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Necessary Deeds

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Matt Connell, a formerly successful literary agent who' s been in prison for four years for a crime of passion— homicide by strangulation after learning his wife slept with a friend— receives an early release from Sing Sing to join an FBI undercover investigation of multiple murders in Manhattan. Killings continue to mount as Matt does his best to calm his “ Ferrari brain” — a condition in which his mind accelerates wildly into negative thoughts and worst-case scenarios— even as he falls in love with a suspect, then discovers disturbing truths about his past and hers. When he finds his own life in danger, can he stand up for the Bureau' s heralded principles of Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity? Not to mention genuine love?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Smart, exceptionally told, and a pleasure to read, this mystery by Mark Wish is complemented by dialogue brimming with emotional insights, whether about the foreboding passion between a man and a woman, or the rage of a wounded husband." - E A Aymar

"Necessary Deeds is a tight, tense thriller that explores some of the darkest, twistiest workings of the human mind. Mark Wish asks the question: Who can you trust if you can't trust yourself?" - Lou Berney

"Smart and gripping, nuanced and wryly observed, Necessary Deeds is unputdownable, and Wish is clearly a writer at the top of his game. A phenomenal thriller that will leave you breathless." - Tish Cohen

"What makes Necessary Deeds so irresistible and addictive is that it's a devilishly inventive murder mystery presented in the finest of sentences and filtered through a mind wonderfully beset at every turn by the dark truths of human desire, ambition, envy, and jealousy--but most of all by love itself." - Tim Johnston

"By turns tense and tender, Mark Wish's Necessary Deeds delivers a high-stakes noir and a taut tale of jealousy, murder, and redemption." - Laura McHugh

"Mark Wish's Necessary Deeds hits the sweet spot: sly, sharp, and satirical. Highly entertaining!" - Alan Orloff

"In Necessary Deeds Matt Connell, Mark Wish has created a diabolically compelling anti-hero--a literary agent with both romance and murder in his heart. As soon as I read the first few lines of this novel, I was all the way in." - Christine Sneed

"Bursting at the seams with voice and tension, Mark Wish's Necessary Deeds reads like the literary lovechild of Bellow, Chandler and Robert Bolano. This is a literary page-turner, full of life and poetry. A novel to be devoured, then savored." - Daniel Torday

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