From the bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide comes a "riveting, hold-your-breath" new mystery in which a woman must race to outsmart a serial killer—and to escape the dark hold of her own past (Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Wife).
Lila Nash is on the verge of landing her dream job—working as a prosecutor under the Hennepin County Attorney—and has finally settled into a happy life with her boyfriend, Joe Talbert. But when a new case crosses her desk, things take a personal turn. Sadie Vauk has been pulled from the Mississippi River, barely alive. The police believe her assailant to be local photographer Gavin Spenser, but their evidence is slim.

Gavin has been preparing for this moment. He knows that Sadie’s escape might cause a lesser mind to panic, but he’s no lesser mind. After years of working from the shadows, he will finally match wits with the best, and he knows that he will win.

But Lila is driven by her own dark secret. Eight years before, she too survived an unspeakable attack. The more determined Lila becomes to put Gavin behind bars, however, the more elusive justice becomes. Battling a new boss and haunted by her own ghosts, the clock is ticking. In a race against an evil mastermind, it will take everything Lila’s got to face what she has feared the most—and to put an end to a killer’s ruthless plan.  

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“A riveting, hold-your-breath, frightening mystery. The Stolen Hours is a thoroughly captivating legal thriller.”
 —Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Wife
“In Allen Eskens’ newest thriller The Stolen Hours, there’s not a moment misplaced or a second lost. With the precision of a watchmaker, Eskens assembles the fine parts of a mystery set to the tempo of a thriller, leaving the reader breathless.” 
 —Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire Mysteries
"A stunning small-town mystery."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review, on Nothing More Dangerous
"The next best thing to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird . . . A magnificent book and an uplifting one."—New York Journal of Books, on Nothing More Dangerous
"Riveting . . . Eskens vividly renders how small towns try to keep their secrets, and how sometimes they cannot."—Ron Rash, author of Serena, on The Shadows We Hide
Brilliant . . . Darkly lyrical and brutally intimate."—Publishers Weekly (starred review), on The Shadows We Hide
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