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The Photo Thief

The Photo Thief

By J. L. Delozier
Categories: Fiction, Police Procedural, Supernatural, Gothic
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744307221, 304 pages, October 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744307320, October 2022
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744307290, 424 pages, October 2022
Paperback : 9780744307269, 304 pages, October 2023

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Drawn into a wealthy family’s long, sordid history, a grieving detective faces a choice: overlook a socialite’s death and save his career, or risk it all for the chance to hear his daughter’s voice again.


A 2023 IPPY Award Gold Medal Winner in Mystery
An AudioFile Earphone Award Winner
A 2023 ITW Thriller Award Finalist
A 2023 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalist

Photos Never Lie.

Still grieving his toddler’s death, Detective Dan Brennan of the Philadelphia P.D. returns to the force and is assigned to investigate a socialite’s fatal fall down her mansion’s staircase. But the open-and-shut case is turned on its head when the victim’s daughter alleges her mother was murdered. Her evidence? The dead. The vintage photographs of past murder victims displayed on the mansion’s walls have told her so.

Compelled to listen to the reclusive teen’s pleas, Brennan begins to investigate her mother’s death and the disturbing secrets hidden in that house. Each vintage photograph is tied to a quartet of cold cases with a disturbing commonality. As the wealthy family’s long, sordid history threatens to bury Brennan, he realizes he has to make a choice: save his career, or risk it all for the chance to hear his daughter’s voice again.

For readers who enjoy Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.


  • Winner, IPPY Gold Award - Mystery 2023
  • Winner, AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Short-listed, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award - Best Investigator 2023
  • Short-listed, ITW Thriller Awards - Best Audiobook 2023


“A riveting thriller with a spine-tingling edge. From the dedicated detective struggling to return after a terrible personal tragedy to a troubled young woman with a macabre collection of vintage crime scene photos, The Photo Thief expertly mixes current murders with past horrors for an adrenaline-packed ride that will leave you gasping till the very end.” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling thriller author

“In the atmospheric and thrilling novel The Photo Thief, a detective and a teenager come together to put a series of murders to rest.” Foreword Reviews