Duplicate Keys

Jane Smiley

05 October 2017
320 pages


Written with the depth and passion of Jane Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Thousand Acres, Duplicate Keys is a riveting suspense story about the emotional aftermath of one horrific crime.

They were six friends from the Midwest who moved to New York City with high hopes of making a big splash in the music industry. And though the dream faded, the bonds between this tight-knit group did not. Or so they thought . . .

For on one brilliantly sunny day, Alice Ellis discovers the grisly murders of two of the friends, shot dead in an apartment for which each person in the group had a duplicate set of keys.

The investigation that follows lets loose the jealousy and hatred, the deception and rage, and the shocking secrets that lie between even the closest of friends . . .

As taut and chilling as anything Hitchcock put on film, the suspense of this unusual mystery comes from Smiley's quietly gripping revelations of character
A slow revelation of character heats up to a page-turning finish