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Clean Hands

Fiction: Mystery
Unabridged   9.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/28/2020

A New York Times Book Review Summer Thriller Pick

Clean Hands

A Novel

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696602235


A scorching thriller from the author of The White Van and Every Man a Menace.

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Product Description

Corporate lawyer Elizabeth Carlyle is under a lot of pressure. Her prestigious New York law firm is working on the most high-stakes case in company history defending a prominent bank. When Elizabeth gets the news that one of her junior associates has lost his phone—and the secret documents that were on it—she needs help. Badly.

Enter ex-CIA officer Valencia Walker, a high-priced fixer who gets called in when governments, corporations, and plutocrats need their problems solved discretely. But things get complicated when the missing phone is retrieved: somebody has already copied the documents, and now they're blackmailing the firm. When the situation gets murkier still—hinting that darker forces may be churning below the surface—Elizabeth and Valencia must maneuver and outmaneuver whomever is behind this and, most importantly, keep their hands clean.

This is a world of private security, private diplomacy, and private justice. A sharply drawn cast of characters—dirty lawyers, black-market traders, Russian criminals, and extrajudicial actors—all take part in this breakneck tour through New York. Authentic, tense, and impossible to put down, Clean Hands gives a vivid look at the connections between corporation, government, and underworld.


“With its crisp pace and superb timing, Clean Hands is a special treat to read.”—The Wall Street Journal

“The impressive plot twists are a reminder that Hoffman remains a writer to watch.”―Publishers Weekly

“Valencia, a former CIA operative, is an expert manipulator and strategist, which casts intriguing doubt on her motives and propels the story toward a jaw-dropping twist. Fans of Zoë Sharp’s Charlie Fox and Chris Pavone’s Kate Moore will want to see more of Valencia Walker.”―Booklist

“A thriller that dives into the world of big money shenanigans and all the justice that money can buy.”―Library Journal

"Narrator Chistina Delaine rises to the challenge of portraying a cast of larger-than-life characters.” --AudioFile

Author Bio

Patrick Hoffman is a writer and private investigator based in Brooklyn. His first novel, The White Van, was a finalist for the Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and his books have been named Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year.