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Run You Down

Julia Dahl

The second title in Dahl’s prize-winning crime series, Run You Down is a taut mystery and a brilliant exploration of the demons we inherit.

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If you enjoyed UNORTHODOX, you will be riveted by Rebekah Roberts . . .

‘Chilling.’ Sunday Times

Aviva Kagan was just a teenager when she left her Hasidic Jewish life in Brooklyn for a fling with a smiling college boy from Florida. A few months later she was pregnant, engaged to be married and trapped in a life she never imagined. So, shortly after the birth of her daughter she disappeared.

Twenty-three years later, the child she walked away from, NYC tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts, wants nothing to do with her. But when a man from the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Roseville, NY contacts Rebekah about his young wife’s mysterious death, she is drawn into Aviva’s old world, and a hidden culture full of dangerous secrets and frustrations.

‘Dahl is an evocative writer, never more so than when she’s describing the nascent yearnings of those younger members of that religious community — gay, vaguely feminist, simply different — who can’t quite fit in, but can’t quite leave.’ Maureen Corrigan, NPR

‘The smart, twisty plot and suspenseful tone will grip mystery and thriller lovers until the final page.’ Library Journal

Critic Reviews

‘Riveting… highlights the threat from right-wing extremists and gives a chilling picture of the resurgence of anti-semitism in America.’

Sunday Times
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‘After leaving her strict Jewish life for a college boy, Aviva becomes pregnant and disappears. Decades later, a tabloid reporter uncovers Aviva’s dangerous world and its secrets.’

Sunday Express
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A brilliant blend of well-timed plotting, sharp character portrayal and spot-on insights into the harsh choices people sometimes need to make in life… fascinating, gripping and hugely readable.

Thriller Books Journal
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The story gains real momentum as Rebekah’s investigation reaches a climax that is both poignant and shocking. Julia Dahl knows how to create smart, suspenseful plots and, in Rebekah Roberts, has created a convincing, complex heroine.

Jewish Chronicle
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‘Atmospheric… an absorbing and thought provoking read.’

Liz Loves Books
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‘Dahl is a masterful storyteller, creating believable characters caught up in a maelstrom of lies and deception as old truths are revealed, entrenched beliefs collide, and the action explodes into a tense and disturbing final quarter which will leave readers hooked to the last page.’

Press Association

Julia Dahl was born and raised in Fresno, California and currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and son. A former journalist, specializing in crime and criminal justice, she is the author of three novels in the Rebekah Roberts series including Invisible City, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and won…

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