Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Mission Flats” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Mission Flats
 
by
William Landay
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Mission Flats

by
3.54  ·  Rating details ·  3,271 Ratings  ·  354 Reviews
The Barnes & Noble Review
A fast-paced, action-packed thriller with a series of bang-up twists and surprises, William Landay's debut novel is filled with highly charged prose and memorable scenes. The author, a former prosecutor, puts his firsthand knowledge of cops, felons, and lawyers to great benefit in this story of a small-town sheriff caught up in a swirl of big-c
...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published October 28th 2004 by Isis Publishing Ltd (first published January 1st 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Mission Flats, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Ina No this one was good but kind of boring. Defending Jacob was so much better on many levels. It's a book that you don't forget that easily so you can't…moreNo this one was good but kind of boring. Defending Jacob was so much better on many levels. It's a book that you don't forget that easily so you can't compare Mission flats with Defending Jacobs. It is two different books.(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Paul Pessolano
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Mission Flats” by William Landay, published by Dell.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

I had never heard of the author William Landay until a month ago when I read his novel, “Defending Jacob”. This was a truly exceptional read and you can find my review on “goodreads.com”. Suffice it to say I gave it the highest rating possible.

After reading “Defending Jacob” I went back to find what other books he had written. I just finished his first book, “Mission Flats”. What a marvel, I cannot determine which bo
...more
Amanda Day
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mohikanos
Μετά από πολύυυυυυ καιρό κάθομαι να γράψω κριτική γι' αυτό το βιβλίο! Όχι ότι δεν αξίζει, τουναντίον, είναι ένα αρκετά στιβαρό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα που κρατάει τον αναγνώστη σε αγωνία μέχρι την τελευταία του σελίδα!
Η ιστορία αναφέρεται στο διοικητή μιας μικρής περιφέρειας των Η.Π.Α. ο οποίος συμμετέχει στην εξιχνίαση ενός φόνου και ξαφνικά βρίσκεται και αυτός προσωπικά μπλεγμένος σε αυτόν, οπότε μετά ξεκινάει την προσπάθεια να αποδείξει την αθωότητά του!
Το βιβλίο είναι ευκολοδιάβαστο, δεν κουρ
...more
Vichy
Αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα που δεν απογοητεύει. Ανατρεπτικό. Έχει περάσει λίγη ώρα που το τελείωσα και ακόμα σκέφτομαι πώς μέσα σε λίγες σελίδες ξεδιπλώθηκαν τόσες ζωές, αποτυπώθηκαν σχέσεις αστυνομίας/εισαγγελίας με τον υπόκοσμο και τον τρόπο που ο συγγραφέας σε έβαζε στα παπούτσια των ηρώων όταν σκεφτόσουν: εγώ στη θέση του τι θα έκανα;

Ο Μπεν Τρούμαν θα παρατήσει τις σπουδές του για να βρεθεί στους γονείς του όταν η μάνα του αρχίζει να εκδηλώνει Αλτσαχάιμερ. Θα γίνει ο διοικητής του αστυνομικού τμ
...more
Athena
Δεν μπορώ να πω ότι ενθουσιάστηκα με το πρώτο βιβλίο του William Landay, ο οποίος είναι συγγραφέας του μυθιστορήματος "Υπόθεση Jacob". Η πλοκή αυτού του βιβλίου ήταν συνηθισμένη και σε αρκετά σημεία γινόταν κουραστική. Υπήρχαν σημεία όπου ο ρυθμός ήταν πολύ αργός και κάποια άλλα που ήταν υπερβολικά γρήγορος. Επίσης, κάποιες στιγμές ένιωθα ότι έχανε σε αληθοφάνεια το κείμενο. Εκείνο που μου άρεσε ήταν η ανατροπή στο τέλος, ουσιαστικά, όμως, θεωρώ πως η "Διπλή Παγίδα" είναι ένα μέτριο αστυνομικό μ ...more
Kristine
Like many of the other reviewers, I too read Defending Jacob and enjoyed it. I enjoyed Mission Flats as well, even though I did find it to be a little slow in the beginning. It did pick up and had many plot twists and turns all the way up until the end.
The one problem I found with the story is that certain things just don't fit. One of the major complaints about mysteries is that they don't make sense or are unbelievable. This is often the reason people will give when saying that they don't li
...more
Maddy
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2003-reads
There's not much crime to speak of in the small town of Versailles (Ver-SALES), Maine. The chief of police, Ben Truman, is only 24 years old. He had been studying for his doctorate in history and returned home when his mother developed Alzheimer's. He eventually inherited the police chief job from his father. When Ben discovers the decomposing body of a prominent prosecutor from the Boston district attorney's office in a local cabin, life changes dramatically. Ben has never had to investigate an ...more
Glenda Ricord
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Glenda by: Goodreads Reviews
I absolutely loved this book. It was fast moving, well written and the end was a big surprise. I didn't figure it out until it was actually revealed at the end. This was William Landay's first book which won an award for Best First Novel. Well deserved. If you like mysteries this is one of the best I've ever read.

I have downloaded his second book which is entitled The Strangler. If it is half as good as Mission Flats it will get five stars as well.

Πάνος Τουρλής
Μπεν Τρούμαν: ο νεότερος διοικητής αστυνομικού τμήματος στις ΗΠΑ εργάζεται στο Βερσάιγ, εγκαταλείποντας τις σπουδές Ιστορίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο της Βοστόνης. Η μητέρα του ανακάλυψε ότι πάσχει από Αλτσχάιμερ και βρήκε το θάρρος να αυτοκτονήσει πριν εκφυλιστεί η ασθένειά της. Αυτή η κίνηση στοίχειωσε για πάντα τις ζωές του γιου της και του συζύγου της, Κλοντ.

Ρόμπερτ Ντάνζιγκερ: εισαγγελέας από τη Βοστόνη. Το πτώμα του βρέθηκε σε αποσύνθεση σε ερημική κατοικία κοντά στη λίμνη του Βερσάιγ.

Χάρολντ Μπρά
...more
John Johnston
Mission Flats was a back-to-back read for me after finishing William Landay's - Defending Jacob. I enjoyed the first book and this second book did not disappoint me. A law degree from Boston College and several years as a prosecutor have obviously prepared our William Landay well for his career as a writer of crime novels. Mission Flats is much more than the straightforward police procedural it at first seems to be. As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that the novel is a psychological study of ...more
Michael
"Mission Flats" features small town police chief Ben Truman. His father was the chief before him and Ben left grad school in Boston so he could help care for his mother who had Alzheimer's Disease.

As part of his job, Ben checks the summer homes on the lake and this time, he finds the deceased body of a DA from Boston. The man had been murdered in a manner that pointed the finger at a drug dealer from Boston.

As the investigation gets under way, Boston officials try to take control but Ben insists
...more
Angela
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow and too predictable...and yet the so called twist just isn't believable. After reading Defending Jacob this book falls flat. I won't even bother with Landay's other book.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
A darned fine rookie effort, written by the guy who gave us Defending Jacob.
Cybercrone
The writer has a talent for making evil seem completely banal and commonplace. This means that the reader has to pick the side they're on quite definitely as it's not chosen for you.

But in the end, I just couldn't deal with the spineless wishful thinking of the main character.
Quillracer
I hesitated to read this book after being thoroughly disappointed in Defending Jacob. Still, any author can turn out one bad book, so I gave Landay a second chance.

Mission Flats is better than Defending Jacob but not by much. Landay tells Ben Truman’s story in a conversational voice. The story reads like he’s telling the story to a friend not reporting on events. Then he goes and spoils that easy tone with long narrative passages (sometimes whole chapters) of Ben’s thoughts that slow the story d
...more
Rowena Hoseason
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although there’s a recently-published edition on offer, Mission Flats is actually author William’s Landay’s debut crime thriller and it first saw light of day well over a decade ago. Landay obviously aimed at the literary end of the spectrum, and attempted to blend a pacey page-turner, brimming with plots twists and artful authorial deception, with more meaningful debate on policing, personal and social issues. Mission Flats aims high, then.

It’s also a curious mixture. The back-cover blurb sugge
...more
Dan Maguire
When I started this book I really enjoyed it. In fact, I wish I could give it 4 or 5 stars. The writing was solid, the story interesting, and the characters mostly well sketched. I don't want to write too much about the plot, but what brought the story down for me is that toward the end, the reader learns that one of the characters has been pretending not to know things he's actually known all along. I did not find this clever or rewarding, in fact, I found it somewhat deceitful and frustrating. ...more
Celeste
This review is going to sound bipolar. The characters are realistic and the plot is brilliant. The ending - even after I had somewhat guessed whodunnit - still threw me for a loop. But I struggled to get through it, and I never got emotionally involved. I'd compare it to watching a movie that's won a bunch of Oscars, but bores the audience even though it's flawless. Maybe it's because the author was a prosecutor for the DA's office - so it's written in a very clinical, Law & Order sort of wa ...more
Kimberly Russell
I have a love/hate relationship with this one. On one hand the first half of the book was really boring. On the other hand parts of the story were still really interesting. Landay's writing is supurb so I kept reading. Then it got boring for a while. Then he smakes you with an awesome twist. For me, it was worth the read because the writing quality is so fantasic. If you read Defending Jacob then you know he is the awesome at a badass twist near the end.
Alan Zabel
I read "MIssion Flats" because I had thoroughly enjoyed Landay's later book, "Defending Jacob". "Mission Flats" had all the elements of a good mystery, it kept me turning pages, lots of plot twists and revelations, and so on. I didn't like it quite as much as "Defending Jacob". I believe that the characters were more finely drawn in "Defending Jacob". Still, "Mission Flats", Landay's first novel, is a highly enjoyable read.
Tina
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Defending Jacob and loved it. That's why I decided to read Mission Flats. Well, Mission Flats fell flat for me. I did manage to finish it, but it was a marginal crime/thriller that barely kept me interested enough to continue reading. This isn't at all what I had expected. I'll give it 2 stars instead of one just because this is one of the author's older works. Maybe his next novel after Defending Jacob will be awesome.
Jody
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as "Defending Jacob" but it was entertaining. Characters weren't as developed and the story line wasn't as strong but all in all I liked it.
Val Wilkerson
I enjoyed the book, it to had a great suprise ending, just didn't grip me
like Landay's book "Defending Jacob" did.
Anne-Marie
Feb 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awful, well let me re-phrase that. Boring, SO boring I had to struggle to get through it. William Landay has come a looooong way, "Defending Jacob" was amazing!
Elisa
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, a good read, but definitely NOT "Defending Jacob".
Jackie Nolden
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one a lot. Quite different than Defending Jacob. Landay's characters are flawed people; like most of us.
Jillian Goldberg
I read "Defending Jacob" by this author some years ago, on a plane, so figured that this was a safe bet for another long plane ride. It was: it held my attention and I read it quickly. However, where the previous book really grabbed me, this one became a little tedious and repetitive. I also struggled to keep all the characters straight and even now cannot remember which name matched which character. Although the story is strong, and has some good and unexpected twists, I did not become as inves ...more
Yota Tziouvara
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μόλις το τελείωσα και δεν έχω αποφασίσει ακόμα πόσο μου άρεσε. Ήταν λίγο παράξενο στην αρχή και με όλα αυτά τα ονόματα και τις ιστορίες. Τελικά στη πορεία μου άρεσε όλη αυτή η πλοκή και το μπέρδεμα. Ευκολα μπορείς να καταλάβεις τι γίνεται κι όταν φτάνεις στο τέλος λες ε το ξερα. θα ήθελα να το τραβήξει λίγο ακόμα στο τέλος αλλά και πάλι μου άρεσε.
Marlene
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this started out a bit slow, but I loved his writing so it did not bother me. But things began to come together. I was surprised by the ending. Hard to say more without telling the story, but I thought it was very good.
Mariela
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading and loving Defending Jacob so much, I thought I'd try another Landay book. Totally different in style and subject matter, I still loved it. Great narrative, fantastic characters and twist after twist after twist made this book impossible to put down. Really really good.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Bonita Faye
  • The Devil's Redhead
  • Pyres
  • Officer Down
  • The Victim
  • The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living
  • Red Leaves
  • A Beautiful Place to Die (Detective Emmanuel Cooper, #1)
  • Dead Man's Hand
  • Dead Lions (Slough House, #2)
  • The Beggar's Opera (Inspector Ramírez, #1)
  • The Ninth Step
  • Hard Ground (Woods Cop, #8.5)
  • Run The Risk (Alex Delillo, #1)
  • Red on Red
  • Soul Circus (Derek Strange and Terry Quinn, #3)
  • The Last Alibi (Jason Kolarich, #4)
  • Over Tumbled Graves (Caroline Mabry, #1)
218843
William Landay is the author of the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob. Previous novels include Mission Flats, winner of the Dagger Award for best debut crime novel, and The Strangler, which was an L.A. Times favorite crime novel and nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as best crime novel of the year.
More about William Landay...

Share This Book

“But sometimes you can't figure everything out because you can't ever really understand other people. You can't understand why they do what they do. You just have to accept a little mystery, Ben. People are mysterious, the world is mysterious. You can't know everything. You're not supposed to. This isn't a history book. It's just the world. It's a messy place.” 13 likes
“We move through time like a man in a rowboat, looking back even as we move forward.” 8 likes
More quotes…