THE LOST COAST: Jonathan & Jessie Kellerman’s Fifth Clay Edison Novel Announced

On August 6th, 2024, Clay Edison returns in The Lost Coast, the latest thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Kellerman and Jessie Kellerman.

Edison—a former star athlete turned deputy coroner—was first introduced in the Kellermans’ 2017 novel Crime Scene, which Stephen King called “brilliant, page-turning fiction.” Since then, he’s starred in four novels to date, including The Burning, which came out in 2021. That book follows Clay as he investigates a wealthy man who was shot to death in his palatial hilltop home, a crime that may or may not link back to Clay’s brother, Luke, who was recently released from prison. Now, in The Lost Coast, the fifth book in the series, the story picks up less than a year after the events of The Burning. Clay has been forced out of his job as an assistant coroner, but that doesn’t mean he can no longer care for the dead. Launching his new career as a private investigator, Clay takes on a dangerous new case, one that locals don’t want him poking around.

Check out the official plot details and cover art below!


The gripping new Clay Edison thriller from the bestselling father-son team who write “brilliant, page-turning fiction” (Stephen King)

It’s been almost a year since Clay Edison was forced out of his job at the coroner’s bureau. Now he’s on his own, working as a private eye. When a client brings him a fraud case, Clay dives into a decades-old scheme targeting the vulnerable. His investigation leads him to a bizarre town buried in the remote California wilderness. The residents don’t care much for outsiders. They certainly don’t like Clay asking questions. And they’ll do just about anything to shut him up.



Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series. With his wife, Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. With his son, Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored seven novels, including the Clay Edison series. He is the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California.

Jesse Kellerman won the Princess Grace Award for best young American playwright and is the author of Sunstroke, Trouble (nominated for the ITW Thriller Award for Best Novel), The Genius (winner of the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle), The Executor, and Potboiler (nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel). He lives in California.

Readers can pre-order The Lost Coast here or anywhere else books are sold.



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