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The Exiled

Hardcover, 4/19/16

ISBN 9780316340649

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Can anyone ever truly outrun his past?

Back in the 1980s, Wes Raney was an ambitious New York City Narcotics Detective with a growing drug habit of his own. While working undercover on a high-risk case, he made decisions that ultimately cost him not only his career, but also his family. Disgraced, Raney fled—but history is finally catching up with him.

Now in his early forties, Raney has been living in exile, the sole homicide investigator covering a two-hundred-mile stretch of desert in New Mexico. His solitude is his salvation—but it ends when a brutal drug deal gone wrong results in a triple murder. Staged in a locked underground bunker, the crime reawakens Raney’s haunted and violent past.

From the vast, unforgiving landscape of the American west to the mean streets of New York, The Exiled is at once a riveting murder mystery and a brilliant portrait of a man on the run from himself, an unforgettable thriller that is “impossible to put down” (Frank Bill).

Christopher Charles is the pseudonym of Chris Narozny, author of the novel Jonah Man. Narozy received an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. He has lived in Normandy, Paris, and Brooklyn, and currently resides in Denver with his wife, the author Nina Shope.

“There’s no doubt that [Charles] can write.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“Charles paints a graphic picture of Raney as a lonely man with a fine-tuned cop’s intuition and a stubborn drug jones. . . . The Exiled is a fine piece of crime fiction with a keen sense of timing and character. Let’s hope for another Raney novel soon.” —Shelf Awareness

“[A] dark gem of a novel . . . Powered by relentless pacing and fully realized characters, this brutal narrative illuminates the harrowing realms of drug addiction and organized crime. Readers won’t soon forget Raney’s blood-soaked and coke-fueled journey through self-loathing to some semblance of salvation.” —Publishers Weekly

“Charles does an excellent job of balancing the story of Raney’s murder investigation with flashbacks to his career and downfall in New York. . . . Using spare prose to tell a compelling story of redemption, [Charles] has written an excellent crime novel that should appeal to readers looking for a fast-paced page-turner.” —Library Journal

“Chris Narozny is a nimble and unflinching writer.” —Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers