'Third Rail 'gets off to a ripping start and never lets off the gas. Rory Flynn is a suspense writer to watch. Jess Walter, author of the best-selling 'Beautiful Ruins' Harvard-educated Eddy Harkness was a rising star in an elite Boston Police Department narcotics unit until he was blamed for the death of a Red Sox fan in the chaotic aftermath of a World Series win. Scapegoated and exiled, Harkness now empties parking meters in the sleepy town of Nagog while struggling to clear his name. Then one night his police-issued Glock disappears. Unable to report the theft, he starts a secret search just as a string of fatal accidents leads him to uncover a dangerous new smart drug, Third Rail. With only a plastic gun to protect him, Harkness begins a high-stakes investigation that leads him into the top levels of Boston s power base, where politicians and criminals intertwine to deadly effect. Glows with the kind of sawdust-dry humor regarding Beantown, cops, and the darkest of urban underbellies that you might find at 3 a.m. in the back booth of a backstreet bar ... With its gaggle of crazy-yet-riveting characters, its spare approach, and its unflagging action, 'Third Rail',' ' the first in a promised series of Eddy Harkness novels, adds yet another striking feather to [Flynn s] impressively crowded cap. 'Boston Globe' Terrific debut ... impressive economy and stylish, sophisticated prose ... Readers will want to see more of Flynn s gritty Boston and Eddy Harkness. ' Publishers Weekly, ' starred review'