This is an excellent debut thriller and a fast read. Eskens gives us an unusual plot. A young college student Joe Talbert has to write a biography for English class and seeks out his subject at a nursing home. The staff set him up with Carl Iverson, a convicted murderer who is dying of cancer. As Inverson's story unravels, new questions about his case emerge. Did Iverson murder Crystal Hagen 30 years ago or is her murderer still on the loose?— From Andrew
AWARD RECOGNITION FOR THE LIFE WE BURY:
WINNER! Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award, BEST DEBUT MYSTERY
WINNER! Barry Award, BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
WINNER! Silver Falchion Award, BEST FIRST NOVEL: traditional
2015 Edgar® Award Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVEL
Minnesota Book Award Finalist, BEST GENRE NOVEL
Anthony Award Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVEL
ITW Thriller Awards Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVEL
MysteryPeople 2014 BEST DEBUT NOVEL
Suspense Magazine BEST BOOKS OF 2014/DEBUT AUTHOR
PRAISE FOR THE LIFE WE BURY:
"Thriller fans should keep their eyes on Eskens; he's a comer." --BOOKLIST
"Compulsively suspenseful." --BOOKPAGE
"[A] masterful debut...." --PW STARRED REVIEW
"An intelligent and compelling story with characters that will capture you from the start.... This debut novel never lets the reader off the edge of the seat--the mark of a great story."
--THE BIG THRILL
"Set against the backdrop of a brutal Minnesota winter, The Life We Bury is much more than a satisfying, suspenseful novel.... This story kept me turning the pages, and it touched my heart. The characters are as real as my next-door neighbors, the story compelling, and the writing superb." --SUSPENSE MAGAZINE
"Eskens delivers interesting puzzles, clever problem-solving, and plenty of stay-up-all-night-reading suspense." --REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE
"Eskens's first-person narration grabs the reader and never relinquishes its hold."
--LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITOR'S FALL PICK
"Eskens' debut is a solid and thoughtful tale of a young man used to taking on burdens beyond his years--none more dangerous than championing a bitter old man convicted of a horrific crime." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
"A mesmerizing debut, unfolding decades of secrets in a rewarding tale of redemption."
--JULIE KRAMER, Minnesota Book Award winner