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Raymond Benson

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a new novel of suspense involving a small town neighborhood street where first love, a child abduction, and abuse collide.

Sixty-one-year-old Shelby Truman, a romance novelist, has received a request to visit her childhood friend, Eddie, who is on Death Row. Though mentally ill, Eddie is scheduled to be executed for the disturbing, brutal murders of his wife and unborn child.

As Shelby travels home to Texas for the unnerving reunion, she steps back into memories of her past, recalling her five-decade-long relationship with Eddie in order to understand what led the beautiful but troubled boy who lived across the street to become a murderer. Shelby and Eddie used to visit an abandoned fallout shelter in his backyard, their "secret hiding place" where they could escape Eddie's abusive father, enjoy innocent playtime, and, later, adolescent explorations. As they grow increasingly close, a tragedy occurs one July fourth, an event that sets in motion a lifelong struggle against an Evil?with a capital "E"?that has corrupted their all-American neighborhood.

With only a few days left for Eddie to live, Shelby braces herself for a reunion that promises to shed light on the traumatic events that transpired on her street, changing everything Shelby thought she knew about the boy on Chicory Lane.

Raymond Benson is most well-known for being the third?and first American?author to be commissioned by the James Bond literary estate to write the 007 novels between 1996–2002. He is the author of thirty-five books, including the New York Times bestselling The Black Stiletto serial, now in development as a feature film. Benson lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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30. May 2017, quote
A first class thriller craftsman.

Lee Child

30. May 2017, quote
One of the best thriller writers in the business.

David Morrell

1. September 2017, quote
A beautifully written thriller, filled with richly drawn characters, memorable dialogue, and a searing portrayal of a life-long friendship. Raymond Benson is a talented storyteller, and this is one of his best novels yet.

Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Ex

1. September 2017, quote
Where a novel lands on a bookstore shelf is defined by label: mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, literary. Raymond Benson’s The Secrets on Chicory Lane is all of those things, and a little more. . . . Benson sculpts perfect sentences and scenes, memorie

Jean Rabe, USA TODAY bestselling author

1. September 2017, quote
In a bold move away from the thrillers for which he’s best known, Raymond Benson offers readers a heartfelt and tragic tale. Across decades, the dark secrets on Chicory Lane shape and misshape the lives of all who live there. Benson, a master of suspense,

William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling and Edgar award–winning author

1. September 2017, quote
The Secrets on Chicory Lane has a premise to envy: A killer and the girl next door meet one last time before execution day. How much do we know the people we have spent our lives with? Raymond Benson explores the nature of evil and how little chance we ha

Lori Rader-Day, author

1. September 2017, quote
Pitch-perfect characters drew me in; unrelenting suspense left me breathless by the end. Raymond Benson is a master storyteller.

Molly MacRae, author

1. September 2017, quote
A wonderfully written and heartbreaking account . . . as good a coming-of-age novel as I have read for many a year, but Benson’s skill as a storyteller doesn’t stop there. He delivers the poignancy and unbearable sensitivity of first love and sexual awake

Fully Booked

1. September 2017, review
At the start of this unsettling thriller from Benson (Artifact of Evil), Shelby Truman, a popular romance writer who lives in Chicago, receives a message from Eddie Newcott, a childhood friend and past lover with whom she hasn’t spoken in 20 years. Eddie

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