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The Resemblance

book | Fiction | Oct 2022
US → Flatiron (Ed. Zack Wagman)
ANZ → Macmillan (Ed. Alex Lloyd)

Never betray the brotherhood

On a chilly November morning in Athens, Georgia, Jay Kemp steps off a busy crosswalk and is struck by an oncoming car. This violent hit and run is witnessed by a dozen or so people who all agree on two things: the driver looked identical to the victim, and he was smiling.

Detective Marlitt Kaplan is first on the scene. The daughter of a University of Georgia professor, she knows all its shameful histories, from the skull discovered under the foundations of Baldwin Hall to the hushed-up murder-suicide in Waddel. But in the course of investigating Jay’s death, she and her partner Detective Teddy White will uncover more chilling secrets as they explore the sprawling, beer-soaked fraternity mansions that house the university’s most elite students and are hotbeds of underage drinking, sex, and covert rituals.

The lines between policing and the personal increasingly blur as Marlitt seizes her chance to bring to justice an institution that took something precious from her many years ago. When threats against her escalate, and her own long-buried secrets threaten to come to the surface, she can’t help but question whether the corruption in Athens has run off campus and into the force, and how far these brotherhoods will go to protect their own.


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