Format Hardcover
Publication Date 12/15/09
ISBN 9781605980706
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.3 in / 240

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Ticket to Ride

A Sam McCain Mystery

Ed Gorman

1965: America’s favorite small-town detective must solve the murder of two old friends against the backdrop of America’s cultural revolution.

For small-town Iowa lawyer Sam McCain the year 1965 is not a sweet one. His father is gravely ill. His elitist boss is just now coming out of rehab. The brilliant lawyer he'd hoped to start a relationship with has gone back to her husband in Chicago. And first young soldier from Black River Falls returns home from a strange place called Viet Nam. In a coffin.

Against this background McCain tries to enjoy himself during the long Labor Day weekend party the town sponsors every year, reuniting with several old friends who appeared throughout the first six novels. Now that they're all in their late twenties some of the old grudges and rivalries seem silly—until two of them are murdered for what seems to be a motive buried in the past.

With the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan irritating those over thirty—and the boys in long hair and girls wearing blouses without bras irritating people even more—Sam McCain is forced to realize that his old world, along with the entire country's, is about to end forever.

Ed Gorman is the beloved author of dozens of mystery novels, including the New York Times bestselling Frankenstein, which he co-wrote with Dean Koontz. He has received the Shamus Award, the Spur Award, and the International Fiction Writers Award. Ed lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“The kind of hero any small town could take to its heart.” Marilyn Stasio The New York Times
“Ed Gorman is the poet of dark suspense.” The Bloomsbury Review
“Sam McCain has the rueful wisdom and charm of an exemplary hero is curious not only about whodunit but also about some of the more elusive riddles of human existence.” San Francisco Chronicle
“An absorbing mystery that offers an insightful portrait of small-town dynamics and plenty of deadpan humor.” Joanne Wilkinson Booklist
“Besides getting the pop culture of the period right, Gorman captures the baffled frustration of provincial folk who don’t want to believe that things are more complicated than they look.” Publishers Weekly