A SO-CAL CRIME NOVEL THAT BOOKLIST CALLS
‘ONE OF THE FINEST READING EXPERIENCES OF THE YEAR.’


Relish the fierce energy, the verbal skill, and the display of a dazzling talent at work.
-Booklist starred review

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As one of the few national columnists in America who is Latino and the son of a retired cop, I was eager to see how cop-turned-novelist Griffin would craft Omar Ortega, a Mexican American teenager who straddles the line between overzealous cops and bad actors in the neighborhood until his luck runs out. Griffin is a gifted storyteller with plenty of grit and real-life experience to back up the prose.”
-Ruben Navarrette, National Syndicated Columnist & Author of A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano 

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NEAL IS THE LA TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE AWARD WINNING NEWBERG SERIES

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  • One of the finest reading experiences of the year. Relish the fierce energy, the verbal skill, and the display of a dazzling talent at work.
    -Booklist starred review
  • “With crackling dialogue, dead-on police procedure, and a smart, feisty heroine in Detective Tia Suarez, Neal Griffin delivers.”
    Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
  • “…a well-written and action-packed crime thriller…”
    –Library Journal
  • Solid standalone. Incredibly sad but realistic.
    -Publishers Weekly
  • “As one of the few national columnists in America who is Latino and the son of a retired cop, I was eager to see how cop-turned-novelist Griffin would craft Omar Ortega, a Mexican American teenager who straddles the line between overzealous cops and bad actors in the neighborhood until his luck runs out. Griffin is a gifted storyteller with plenty of grit and real-life experience to back up the prose.”
    -Ruben Navarrette, National Syndicated Columnist
  • “Griffin knows the dark and violent world he writes about. It is our good fortune he is also possessed of the keen talent to write of it so vividly.”
    -James Carlos Blake, The Ways of Wolfe
  • “Detective Tia Suarez is everything I love in a heroine: brash, persistent, and smart as a whip. Add Neal Griffin to your list of must-read crime writers!”
    Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli and Isles series
  • “A complicated killer seeking revenge is hunted by a complicated lawman in this unique and suspenseful debut novel by a cop-turned-author who knows the turf.”
    –Joseph Wambaugh, Bestselling Author
  • Benefit of the Doubt needs none — there is no doubt that this fine debut novel is the sure-handed work of an exciting new author.”
    –Don Winslow, Bestselling Author
  • “A taut and cleverly plotted page turner! Griffin is a terrific storyteller.”
    –Hank Phillippi Ryan, Award-winning Author
  • “This major debut is destined to take its place alongside the work of Robert Parker, C.J. Box and Harlan Coben….  Benefit of the Doubt will go down as one of the best crime novels of the year.”
    –Jon Land, Bestselling Author
  • “Griffin joins an illustrious line of cops-turned author with this fine debut.”
    –T. Jefferson Parker, Three time Edgar Award-winning Author
  • “Griffin is the new kid in town and he is here to stay.”
    –Andrew Gross, Bestselling Author
  • “Griffin’s debut novel propels readers into the chilling worlds of big-money drugs, small-town corruption, and a murderer who strikes without conscience…Griffin’s work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller.”
    –Kirkus Reviews
  • “A great suspense/thriller with a smart plot and pages that offer up in-depth police work and knowledge the author obviously absorbed over his many years in law enforcement. Griffin will most definitely earn avid fans.”
    –Suspense Magazine
  • “…boasts the creepy, dangerous feel of the film Cape Fear…”
    –Booklist
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