Lamentation by Joe Clifford

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Lamentation is filled with true-to-life characters living in the sordid underbelly of small-town America, the places Leave it to Beaver never dealt with. Jay Porter, a troubled young man, remains tied to his hometown by his own lack of get-up-and-go and memories of his once-happy childhood. His parents died when he and his brother Chris were young. Jay is leading a fairly miserable life, working odd jobs, barely making ends meet, behind on child support, separated from his one true love with whom he has a son he scarcely knows. His sorry life is nothing compared to that of his brother. Chris raised Jay then fell into a deep pit of drugs, addiction, and prostitution. When Chris is accused of murder, familial ties pull Jay to help his brother, despite Jay’s misgivings. A surprise twist in this who-dunnit and the gritty voice of Jay himself kept me page-turning.

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Author Joe Clifford

Author Joe Clifford

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.