Twelve-year-old Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban neighbourhood. Somewhere en route, he vanishes without a trace.
Fourteen months later, still with no sign of Jamie and having lost all faith in the police, his parents Paul and Carol are on the verge of abandoning hope. Then they meet private investigator Frank Behr, a tough, reclusive ex-cop.
Abandoned by his former colleagues, separated from his wife and haunted by his own terrible past, Behr doesn't make it a practice to take on hopeless cases, but the desperate couple's plea for help awakens a personal pain he can't ignore . . .
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The most impressive crime debut of the year . . . grips from the off - Evening Standard
Relentless suspense that will not let you out of its grasp, and a cast of characters who are so utterly real you'll forget you're reading fiction. David Levien's novel is moody, riveting, and special - HARLAN COBEN
Heart-stopping suspense and a heartbreaking story - LEE CHILD
The best thing about this high-gloss, high-concept thriller is that it is actually a proper, well-written book, not merely a treatment in disguise, which delivers on its initial promise and packs an unexpectedly hefty emotional punch - Guardian
Gripping . . . Levien's skill is to chart the emotional plight of the parents within the twists and turns of a fast-moving and complex plot - Mirror
CITY OF THE SUN is hard, mean, beautiful, touching -- a dazzling novel. With this book, David Levien has placed himself among the best writers in the field. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike would be proud to call ex-cop Frank Behr their friend - ROBERT CRAIS
One of the toughest, most gut-wrenching, and most believable suspense novels I've ever encountered. If David Levien pulled any punches, I was too dazed to notice - LINCOLN CHILD
Excellent . . . I can't wait for more - Independent on Sunday
A perfect modern 'noir' tale - Sunday Express
A writer who takes dead, calculated aim at our deepest fears - Entertainment Weekly
City of the Sun is all kinds of trouble. For one thing, it becomes really hard to break away to deal with the rest of the day. Then there's the recurring need to take deep, calming breaths throughout . . . a rare thriller where the outcome is genuinely in doubt - New York Daily News
Frightfully realistic . . . a master character portrait . . . a nerve-jangling novel that places average people in extraordinary situations - USA Today
David Levien is one of the top screenwriters in Hollywood. He has co-written the screenplay for Ocean's Thirteen, Runaway Jury and several others. He lives in Connecticut. His second novel featuring Frank Behr will be out in Summer 2009.