'Thrusts the reader headlong into a story so muscular and breakneck we can barely catch our breath' Megan Abbott
An ex-mercenary and an embattled journalist find themselves unlikely allies against a corrupt defense contractor.
Ray Devlin is retired, living a simple life off the grid in Florida, when a visit from an old colleague stirs some bad memories - and ends with a gunshot. Soon Devlin is forced to again face a past he'd hoped to leave behind, as a member of a mercenary force that helped put a brutal South American dictator into power.
Tracy Quinn is an investigative reporter at a struggling Philadelphia newspaper decimated by layoffs and cutbacks. Then one day what appears to be a straightforward homicide - a body left in an abandoned rowhouse - draws her and Devlin together, and ultimately enmeshes both in a conspiracy that stretches over twenty years and reaches to the highest levels of the US government.
Before long, they're both the targets of a ruthless assassin haunted by his own wartime experiences. For Devlin, it could all mean a last shot at redemption. For Tracy, the biggest story of her career might just cost her life.
Wallace Stroby's SOME DIE NAMELESS manages that rare feat: it thrusts the reader headlong into a story so muscular and breakneck we can barely catch our breath, while also offering rich, damaged characters and a haunted, mournful tone that deepens everything, that lingers with us long after we reach the final page — Megan Abbott
Wallace Stroby's writing is all muscle, with not an ounce of fat. SOME DIE NAMELESS is propulsive and intelligent, populated by the very best kind of characters: authentic, complicated human beings who are capable of surprising both the reader and themselves — Lou Berney, author of the bestselling Long and Faraway Gone
Wallace Stroby is the real thing, a writer who channels two of the best Raymonds - Chandler and Carver - with his tough, lean prose and 'dirty' realism," in a high-voltage story of murder and corruption — Jonathan Santlofer, author of the bestselling The Death Artist
SOME DIE NAMELESS is noir for modern times. The heroes are classic, but the bad guys are completely a 21st Century product. Greedy and reckless, they have no fear of the truth or those seeking justice. A boat bum Army vet and a jaded newspaper reporter are the perfect duo to take them down. A lean, mean story and a hell of a ride — Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of The Sinners
Praise for Wallace Stroby
SOME DIE NAMELESS is a superbly entertaining thriller full of hard truths about what happens when the shadow world is exposed to the light. Stroby's subtle, straightforward style is pitch perfect — Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times Bestselling author of What You Break
Kick-ass crime fiction — George Pelecanos
Lean, poetic prose...and smart dialogue reminiscent of Robert B. Parker or Elmore Leonard. For fans of noir, [Stroby] is among the best in the current breed — Boston Globe
Wallace Stroby is the new Donald Westlake — Gerald Petievich, author of To Live and Die in L.A.
I consider Stroby to be one of the heirs to the great Elmore Leonard in style, substance, and sheer entertainment. — Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
With SOME DIE NAMELESS Wallace Stroby has achieved the impossible, combining the complexity and tension of a whodunit mystery with the suspense and action of one of the most dynamic thrillers in years. Stroby's taut prose and authentic characters keep the twists and turns coming, culminating in an explosive ending that kept me thinking about the book long after I finished it. — Paul Guyot, co-executive producer NCIS: New Orleans