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  • Bad Boy Beat

    by Clea Simon
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    Bad Boy Beat

Clea Simon at Harvard Book Store


Bad Boy Beat


May 9, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes CLEA SIMON—Harvard University alumnus and Boston Globe-bestselling author of To Conjure a Killer and Hold Me Down—for a discussion of her new novel Bad Boy Beat.

About Bad Boy Beat

Boston Standard journalist Emily "Em" Kelton is desperate for a big story. As a new reporter Em covers the police beat, which has her responding to every crime that comes across the newsroom scanner. Despite the drudgery and the largely nocturnal hours, it's a beat that suits her - especially with her affinity for the low-level criminals she regularly interacts with and what she considers a healthy scepticism for the rules.

But she's sick of filing short news briefs about random street murders that barely merit a byline, and when she sets out to cover yet another shooting of a low-level dealer, she begins to wonder if these crimes are somehow connected.

With not much to go on but her instincts, Em sets out to uncover the truth behind these sordid crimes. But the more she investigates and uncovers a pattern, the more she digs herself into a hole from which she might not come out of alive . . .

Praise for Bad Boy Beat

"Fast-paced and deeply satisfying . . . Simon is at the height of her considerable powers . . .The prose here is propulsive, stylish, and pleasingly spare, with narrating crime reporter Emily Kelton's voice sliding often into noir territory. Bad Boy Beat is a top-notch read, securing Simon's position as one of the sharpest voices working in crime fiction today." ―Linda L. Richards, award-winning author of the Endings series

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Clea Simon
Clea Simon

Clea Simon

Clea Simon is the Boston Globe-bestselling author of three nonfiction books and 31 mysteries. Prior to launching a new series with the amateur sleuth heroine of Bad Boy Beat, her crime fiction has been largely divided between cozy mysteries (most recently To Conjure a Killer) and psychological suspense, including the recent Hold Me Down (a Massachusetts Center for the Book “must read”). A graduate of Harvard University, she has contributed to publications ranging from Salon.com and Harvard Magazine to Rolling Stone, Yankee, and The New York Times. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, the writer Jon S. Garelick. Find her at www.cleasimon.com, @Clea_Simon (Twitter), and @cleasimon_author (IG).

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