[THE DEAD SOUL] grabs you by the lapels and doesn’t let go."
—JOHN LUTZ, New York Times bestselling author
From the desk of one of the most acclaimed and prolific true crime authors comes a mystery thriller certain to captivate his fans.
M. William Phelps’s THE DEAD SOUL takes you on a suspenseful journey through Boston's illicit past, where Detective Jake "Sundance" Cooper fights to redeem his crumbling career. At the same time, a sadistic serial killer known as "the Optimist"—a character based on the author’s 20 years of research and writing about real serial killers—terrorizes young female victims along the city's Freedom Trail.
Cooper's investigation exposes a corrupt Boston PD. It puts him at the center of a choice between blue blood loyalty and the pursuit of truth as his mentor, Detective Mo Blackhall, faces an indictment for his involvement in a scandal.
Originally published in 2014, this gritty thriller provides a fascinating look into the reality of Boston's mean streets. Driven by a cast of characters reminiscent of Dennis Lehane's finest fiction, THE DEAD SOUL offers a thrill ride of suspense, mystery, and police procedural drama.
About the Author
M. WILLIAM PHELPS is an acclaimed author, creator, and executive producer of the #1 Apple podcast hit franchise PAPER GHOSTS. With 42 nonfiction best-selling books and an Excellence in Journalism Award, he's an authority in true crime. Phelps has written for renowned publications, consulted on TV series like "Dexter," and produced over 350 hours of true crime television. Don't miss his weekly podcast "Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps." Learn more at www.mwilliamphelps.com.