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"You Can Go Home Now is a narrative with muscle, focusing on abuse, humiliation, retribution, revenge. For those of us who love thrillers, who love voice, atmosphere, psychological wrestling matches, Elias delivers.
His novel is engaging, calculating, to the point.
As might be expected by
an author with Elias’s impressive résumé, You Can Go Home Now is masterfully plotted, astutely conceived.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“Mr. Elias balances
his many subplots with notable grace,
and this fine book's melodrama is
laced with humor and poignancy."
The Wall Street Journal
In this smart, relevant, unputdownable psychological thriller, a woman cop is on the hunt for a killer while battling violent secrets of her own.
Long Island City PD homicide detective Nina Karim tells her boss that police shows on TV—and especially Angie Dickinson in Police Woman—inspired her to become a cop. But the real motivator was the murder of Nina’s physician father, worked for Planned Parenthood and was presumably killed by an anti-abortion zealot. Working in law enforcement seemed the best way to find the “cowardly bastard” who did it, a promise Nina made to her younger brother and mother, both now dead. Years later she’s still searching, when an old friend comes up with a new lead while Nina is working on a possible connection between the murders of persons who savagely abused their domestic partners. This leads her to a secret women’s shelter in Queens, where residents can stay until it’s safe for them to go home, prompting Nina to go undercover as an abused wife. In a rousing climax, Elias (The Last Conquistador, 2013) deftly ties together the plot threads of Nina’s personal quest and her current assignment. A compulsively readable thriller that could take Elias to another level of acclaim. —MICHELE LEBER, Booklist
additional Praise for You Can Go Home Now
"Michael Elias writes women like a woman, and he writes a police thriller like a former cop. You Can Go Home Now will keep you up at night, breathlessly turning the pages until the riveting end. I couldn’t put this book down! Elias has masterfully written a moving and terrifying story that feels so potent and current, I can’t believe something like this hasn’t shown up in the news yet. " —JESSICA ANYA BLAU, author of The Trouble with Lexie