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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434803945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434803948
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,337,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beau Prichard was born in Fitzroy, Australia, raised in New Zealand, and moved to the States when he was 8. He has a B.A. in English from George Fox University. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a freelance editor and writer. He is active in local fringe theater and his short play Interrogation was recently produced by Eclectic Theater Company. Elegy is his first novel. A second Kevin Adams novel, In Absentia, is coming soon, and several more are planned. Beau's website is www.beauprichard.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tominda Adkins on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've never been a big reader of the mystery genre, but this one kept me suspensefully entertained. Elegy protagonist Kevin Adams is the perfect 21st century update of your classically crass Noir detective. Beyond merely being believable, his no-nonsense observations and general disenchantment will remind you of a grumpy but dependable friend.

Adams's investigation of an alleged suicide reads like a tour of Seattle, its drug-dusted underbelly, and a few of the more notable bars and burger joints in between. Seattleites will enjoy homages to the Lusty Lady, Dick's, that damned Alaskan Way Viaduct, and more. Prichard's inclusion of an array of shifty clue sources--strippers, tubby undergrad hackers, and underground drug dealers--keep both detective and reader guessing until the novel's race-paced ending.

Even readers who've never been to the Emerald City can pick up on this book. In all, Elegy is several stories wrapped into one: a profile of a tech-age detective fighting not to blur the line between paycheck and private life; a postmortem analysis of a despairing youth and the crime network he sank into; a great rundown of Seattle; and a solid, compelling mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Miller on October 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is such a great book. The concept of this book is what would a detective really do in modern times. This isn't noir, this is the real thing.

The plot basics are a middle to upper class family hires a Seattle detective to investigate the suicide of their son. It's pretty much a given that he killed himself, but the mother is so distressed the father hires the detective to give her some peace. What we get is a great look at how a real life detective would go about investigating.

As he digs into it, things might not be as they seem, and the detective Kevin Adams, is soon knee deep in the Seattle underground drug scene.

My favorite character is the University of Washington computer geek. Great scenes with him.

If you like mysteries, or if you like Seattle, or if you want to try out a great book, by an up and coming underground author. I would check this book out.
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By Ryan W. on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I review this book as a guy who doesn't normally step outside of science fiction, and rarely into crime/mystery novels. Furthermore, when I read this, I was just starting to enter a stage in my life when I could devote any time at all to pleasure reading.

With that in mind, I found myself hooked by this book. I know the author (I took his picture found in the book) and knew that this main character was one he was considering using in future titles. If this is to be a series, I sincerely can not wait for the follow-up novels to come!

And I should mention that I am a critical bastard when it comes to reviewing and critiquing things - especially with my friends.

Having lived in Seattle for nearly two years, I find it to be a pretty culturally rich city. What I found especially thrilling for my part, was knowing with some intimacy many of the areas and locations used in the book. Some creative license was taken with some of these places, but it didn't detract one bit.

Non-Seattlites won't be disappointed though. It's not so inside that it'll lose you in the details. These realistic details are artfully woven into the story in a way that makes them add to the scenery, but not lose you if you're unfamiliar with them in real-life. Let's just say it's icing on the cake if you've lived in the greater Seattle area.

To put this to bed, I expected to be impressed by my friend's work. I knew he was a writer and never read any of his novel length works before. I was surprised at how hard I got sucked into this mystery title. If you're into more independent writers, give Elegy a shot.
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More About the Author

Author photo courtesy of Andy Dopieralski.

Beau Melville Keith Prichard was born in Fitzroy, Australia and grew up in New Zealand. He was read classics like The Lord of the Rings, Lewis' Narnia books, and Tintin comics from a very young age. His sense of adventure and narrative was also strongly affected by early exposure to classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Goonies. The Prichards moved to the United States when Beau was nine. He was homeschooled until he entered the Running Start program at Edmonds Community College, where he worked on the school literary magazine. He went on to graduate in 1999 from George Fox University in Oregon, where he studied writing and theater.

Since then, Beau has been writing creatively and professionally, as well as wearing various hats in local theater and film. He has directed the plays SubUrbia and Proof, among others, and he is a producer for Burger Orchard Productions, the company behind the webseries Glitch (watchglitch.com). His other books The Author and Auburn Grave are available on Kindle, and the sequel to Elegy, In Absentia, will be available soon.

Presently he lives and works in Seattle, Washington with no cats, no wives, and no children. He should probably do something about that.

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