Feature: The True Detective

The True Detective: A Literary Classic
Disguised as a Classic Mystery Thriller
Theodore Weesner Pens Page-Turner with Literary Depth

Literary fiction author Theodore Weesner is back, following up his acclaimed “modern American classic” (The Car Thief) with a thrilling page-turner of a mystery, The True Detective.  Described as “a compulsively readable thriller” by the Chicago Tribune, The True Detective delivers a plot that reads like a suspense script, but in depth of insight, uniquely rises to the level of great literature.

In the spirit of Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood, Weesner takes the reader deep into the conflicting desires and motivations of a broken family, a sexually confused perpetrator, and a complex investigating detective to create a sensational, powerful and heartbreakingly realistic literary thriller.
In the sleepy confines of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Gil Dulac, a small town investigator, broods over a deteriorating city he’s grown to adopt as his own;  a once proud city that’s been infested with a sexual pathology that—in its breadth of depravity—is breaking out like a pandemic. Increasingly feeling as if he’s a walking anachronism, Dulac wonders if it all passed him by, until a twelve-year-old boy is abducted; the crime sending the tight-knit community into a tailspin. Now, as the clock winds down to a horrifying conclusion, Dulac must use his wits and his experience to somehow find the boy alive.
Weesner’s critically acclaimed literary style shines with The True Detective, as unflinching insight and master storytelling combine seamlessly to create a lightning quick suspense drama that rises to the level of great American literature.

 Theodore Weesner, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as a “Writers’ Writer” by the larger literary community.  His short works have been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly and Best American Short Stories.  His novels, including The True Detective, Winning the City and Harbor Light, have been published to great critical acclaim in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Magazine and The Los Angeles Times to name a few.

Weesner is currently writing his memoir, two new novels, and an adaptation of his widely praised novel—retitled Winning the City Redux—also to be published by Astor + Blue Editions.  He lives and works in Portsmouth, NH.