Laurie R. King - Lockdown

A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe Middle School determined to overturn the school’s reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day—bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald’s bright vision. And no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation.

Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Lockdown charts compelling characters on a collision course—a chain of interactions that locks together a community’s hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart. 

In Lockdownher first standalone suspense novel since 2003, Laurie R. King’s talent and creativity as a storyteller is on full display. She began writing it sixteen years ago in the form of an Edgar-award nominated short story. Since then, she has woven her characters’ lives together into a stunningly intricate, tautly plotted novel of psychological suspense.

“The most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today.” —Lee Child
“A lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company.” —The New York Times
“Intricate clockworks, wheels within wheels.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Imaginative and subtle.” —The Seattle Times

“Remarkably beguiling.” —The Boston Globe

“Audacious.” —Los Angeles Times

“Stunning.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“Rousing . . . riveting . . . suspenseful.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“A masterpiece of human drama.” –Library Journal (starred review)

“Multidimensional characters at every level and complex plotting earn the true appreciation of that overused tag psychological thriller” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


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Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels The Bones of Paris, A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. With three million copies in print, King is acclaimed for not only her mystery novels, but also her standalones and short stories. As a winner of the Edgar, Nero, Lambda, Agatha, Macavity, Anthony, and the John Creasey Awards, she is celebrated for her incredible breadth and “amazing range as a writer” (Washington Post Book World). She lives in Northern California, where she is at work on her next book, a new Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes novel, out Spring 2018.