An army deserter returns home to see his dying mother—and stumbles into a deadly mystery—in this suspenseful medical thriller.
Under enemy fire in Vietnam, Brian Maston had just one impulse: run. And he ran, all right—out of the war zone, out of the US Army, and all the way to Canada—and now he can never go home. He’s spent years in Montreal working as a teacher, publishing a struggling magazine, and nursing a crippling addiction to alcohol when he gets his mother’s call. She’s dying, with no more than two weeks to live, and there’s panic in her voice. But before she can tell him what’s wrong, the hospital cuts her off. To get the truth, Brian returns to the United States, risking everything for the sake of his mother.
He barely reaches her before she dies. But soon after he sees her, he finds her dead in her hospital room—and not of natural causes. There’s a pillow over her face, and when Brian is discovered holding it, he becomes the prime suspect. As the local police search for a killer and federal agents circle closer, Brian must decide if he should keep running—or stand and fight.
More than any other thriller writer, Richard Forrest understood the human element of suspense writing. Fans of Vietnam-era thrillers like Robert Stone’s Dog Soldiers will find The Laughing Man impossible to put down.
MysteriousPress.com/Open Road; August 2016
- ISBN 9781504037983
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- Title: The Laughing Man
- Author: Richard Forrest
Imprint: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
In The Press
Praise for Richard Forrest
“Forrest has a nice, light hand, and his plotting is ingenious.” —The New York Times on Death Through the Looking Glass
“Superb novel of detection . . . An intricate plot intelligently controlled.” —Publishers Weekly on A Child’s Garden of Death
“The writing is stylish and the plotting swift and well knit: a pleasure.” —Booklist on The Pied Piper of Death
About The Author
Richard Forrest (1932–2005) was an American mystery author. Born in New Jersey, he served in the US Army, wrote plays, and sold insurance before he began writing mystery fiction. His debut, Who Killed Mr. Garland's Mistress (1974), was an Edgar Award finalist. He remains best known for his ten novels starring Lyon and Bea Wentworth, a husband-and-wife sleuthing team introduced in A Child’s Garden of Death (1975).