Imagine this: You have a nice life. You love your beautiful, successful wife. You’re an easy going guy working out of your comfortable Connecticut home. The world is an interesting, pleasant place.
Then in seconds, it’s all gone.
You’re still alive, but the world thinks you’re dead. And now you have to decide. Make it official, or go after the evil that took it all away from you.
Arthur Cathcart, market researcher and occasional finder of missing persons, decides to live on and fight, by doing what he knows best – figuring things out, without revealing his status as a living, breathing human being. Much easier said than done in the post-9/11 world, where everything about yourself and all the tools you need to live a modern life are an open book. How do you become a different person, how do you finance an elaborate scheme without revealing yourself? How do you force a reckoning with the worst people on earth, as a dead man?
"An absorbing update of the classic film, D.O.A., that finds its author so completely in the zone that not a word is wasted, and the story seems to unfold itself without human assistance." --Kirkus, Starred Review
"Knopf reaches a new imaginative peak with market researcher Arthur Cathcart in this outstanding revenge novel." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Knopf's tale is suspenseful from the get-go, with an intellectual, yet visceral, vigilantism coursing through the pages. In a major change in direction, the author of the "Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mysteries" (Black Swan; Hard Stop) never misses an angle and manages to weave a bit of humor into a storyline that could have been purely dark. This bodes well for a really good series" --Library Journal, Starred Review
"Knopf...effectively mixes comedy and mystery...with a high-energy, very savvy thriller...The novel generates enormous tension, and the mild-mannered number-cruncher is definitely an appealing hero...We'd very much like to see more of the engaging Arthur Catchart." --Booklist, Starred Review
"Dead Anyway is a perfectly rendered murder mystery with enough unpredictable twists and turns to satisfy even the most hardened aficionado of the genre.
Dry humor is scattered throughout. This offbeat story told in the first-person is executed with faultless page-turner pacing and panache." --New York Journal of Books
CHRIS KNOPF is the author of Short Squeeze, Elysiana and the Sam Acquillo mystery series, including The Last Refuge, Two Time, Head Wounds (which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery), Hard Stop, and Black Swan. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Avon, Connecticut, and Southampton, New York.