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Amazon #1 best seller in Noir Crime
Evil lurks behind closed doors in a small Catskill Mountain town, by Anita Page
Raised in the Sixties on picket lines and peace marches, activist Hannah Fox can’t turn her back when a friend’s land is targeted by an eminent domain scam that threatens her small town in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. When the developer behind the fraudulent scheme is murdered and her young friend becomes a suspect, Hannah probes the dead man’s shameful past. She faces hard choices, convinced the murder was a heroic act even when it’s clear she may be the killer’s next victim.
Hannah volunteers at a domestic abuse hotline. Trying to help the women and children whose lives become entwined with her own, she is caught in the town’s secrets, lies, and double dealing. Trouble invades her private life as she tries to curb the mounting attraction between herself and Jack Grundy, Senior Investigator for the New York State Police, while watching her own marriage crumble.
Damned If You Don’t, which skillfully exposes the entrenched corruption in a rough-edged mountain town, is moving and disturbing, atmospheric and authentic. This dark traditional mystery, with its strong female protagonist, keeps readers guessing until the very end.
What they’re saying
“Evil lurks behind closed doors in the small Catskill Mountain town that provides the atmospheric setting for Anita Page’s Damned If You Don’t. Page’s appealing protagonist, Hannah Fox, finds herself drawn into a mystery that threatens to implicate people she holds dear, all the while watching her marriage disintegrate. The richly characterized supporting cast brings Hannah’s world to life, and tight plotting keeps the reader guessing right to the end.”
– Peggy Ehrhart, author of the Maxx Maxwell mystery series
“Page’s debut novel is both polished and engaging. Protagonist Hannah Fox is my kind of woman, complex, intelligent, and authentic. Deft writing without a single false note, convincing characters, suspenseful confrontations, and a take on domestic violence that’s both heartfelt and free of preachiness or sentimentality add up to a satisfying read.”
– Elizabeth Zelvin, three-time Agatha Award nominee
“Taut, evocative prose that grips the reader from start to finish.”
– Philip Cioffari, author of Jesusville
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