EIGHT IN THE BOX
Author: Raffi Yessayan
Published: March 23, 2010 by Ballantine Books
Series Name: Conrad Darget
Main Character: Assistant DA Conrad Darget, Det. Angel Alves, Sgt. Wayne Mooney
In this swiftly paced, breathlessly suspenseful debut novel, the bizarre rampage of an elusive serial killer sends shockwaves through Boston, igniting a harrowing police manhunt and resounding at the highest levels of the criminal justice system. Drawing on eleven years as a Boston assistant district attorney—and chief prosecutor of the elite Gang Unit—Raffi Yessayan renders a stark, realistically gripping portrait of law enforcement professionals on the job, and under the gun, in a city at the mercy of a madman. The scene is always perplexingly the same: the home of a single woman, no signs of forced entry, no evidence of an intruder, and no victim—only a bathtub filled with blood. Newly promoted Homicide detective Angel Alves wants to make his mark in the department, and a difference on the streets. But juggling the needs of a family and the demands of a relentlessly driven partner will test the young cop’s commitment as sorely as tracking a killer will challenge his skills. Meanwhile, assistant DA Conrad Darget has his own hands full—mentoring the ambitious young law student whom he is also dating, rallying his fellow attorneys in their daily courtroom battles, and striving to win true justice from an imperfect system. With each new attack the twisted mystery only deepens, and the hunger for answers—and action—intensifies. No sane mind could comprehend the dark design behind it all. And no one can anticipate the final, fateful strokes that will lead to a shocking endgame. From its chilling first pages to its heart-stopping home stretch, Eight in the Box thrills at every turn and surprises at every opportunity—racing at an ever increasing velocity to deliver a climax that pays off in devastating style.