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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456344471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456344474
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Pesta weaves a web of intrigue and mystery that will keep you up well after midnight to reach the satisfying conclusion.
--Thomas Hoobler, coauthor with Dorothy Hoobler of "The Crimes of Paris"

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From the Back Cover

It was ten at night. I had just come off I-65, and my high beams lit her up from behind. She was walking along the road between dark, endless cornfields, and her right leg was in a cast. She wore denim shorts and a yellow tank top that didn't quite reach the shorts. Without crutches, she moved as fast as she could on the gravelly shoulder. She would take a long step with her good leg, stiffly swing the cast forward the same distance, and immediately start the next step. Tilting jerkily, she looked as if she would fall with every stride. I crossed the centerline to give her more room to fall. Just as I was about to pass her, she glanced over her shoulder and stuck out a thumb. . . .

When Phil Larrison, editor of a small-town newspaper in southern Indiana, picks up the hitchhiker, this chance encounter plunges him into a deadly mystery that he struggles to solve because he wants a big story for the paper. But the story turns out to be much bigger than he expects--and far more painful.

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It's a good story with characters well described.
Deana
A very nice mystery with a enough twists and turns to keep you interested.
R. Reardon
I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book from this talented author.
Jon C. Gilbert

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By cave76 on May 9, 2012
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I found this book satisfying enough to wait for Mr. Pesta's next book, if there will be one or more.

I liked it because of how 'sane' most of the characters sounded, even the murderer(s). (grin) Sorta ordinary people, if you can understand that.

I'm glad I stuck with it past the first few chapters. Then it settled down to be readable and entertaining.
Then, the scenes in the caves lost me again. Too long. Too confusing.

The ending seemed a bit rushed but not too bad.

As I said, I'll certainly try Mr. Pesta's next book. I think he has a lot of promise---- and (cringing!!) I hope I didn't sound patronizing since I am not a professional literary critic and appreciate those who can write.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dino on June 28, 2011
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A hitchhiker, a bunch of dead bodies and a nosy old-style newspaperman -- top-notch ingredients for a fast-moving mystery which takes some surprising twists, delves deep into local politics, and at times sent shivers down my spine (the ending--which set my teeth on edge--is suspense writing at its best). The story telling is superb, the writing crisp. Take it with you to the beach--you won't be disappointed. Can't wait for the next installment of Mr. Larrison's adventures.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on April 13, 2012
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Interesting beginning with a hitchhiker and dead bodies, fast moving mystery set in a small town with a good feel for small town people and politics.

At times I felt there were too many 'mysteries' involved and while they were all more or less tied together by the end, I still had a feeling of a slight overload.

My biggest issue was totally personal. I had trouble connecting to the main character and I am definitely a character driven reader. Too many inconsistencies in his actions, from quick, intelligent moves to totally stupid, Explore a hidden cave nobody else knows about without letting anyone know where you are going and not even carrying a flashlight?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Renee B on August 28, 2012
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After the first couple of chapters, I said to myself "This is going to be a good book." However, it drug on and on and really to me, was pretty boring after those first chapters. The mystery went in a different direction than you assumed it would, but the ending was so convoluted with information and characters that I had trouble keeping who was related to who straight and what their relationships to each other were. I liked the main character, but he did some stupid things and reacted in odd ways at times. This book just didn't do it for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shopper2010 on April 3, 2012
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I snatched this book up when it was free so I wasn't sure what to expect. I really really liked it and it was hard to put down. My only wish is that the foster "home" story would have been a little more fleshed out at the end. I would have liked to know more about what went on. It could have been very interesting. I guess it is a good thing when you don't want the book to end.

At any rate, the character development was well done and there are many times you felt that you were in the house where the killings took place, exploring with Phil, the main character. I enjoyed all the different characters in the book as well. They certainly were an interesting group. I liked how the story was told too and the author did a good job of weaving the two mysteries together.

I will definitely check out any other books by this author. I hope there is a sequel to this one - hint, hint!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracie C. Scott on February 11, 2012
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First of all, I purchased this book FREE from kindle in December 2011. Great deal Mr. Pesta! From start to finish, this book was everything that a thriller should be. Phil was the perfect character(who doesn't like a guy who can write and solve a mystery)? Paula was my favorite character. I like her rough around the edge character mixed with a little vulnerablenees. I hope that there is a sequl in the mix.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Al Joyce on December 22, 2011
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I downloaded this book mainly because it was free and didn't expect a lot. Wow! It grabbed me in the first couple pages and held onto me til I finished it. A very well put together story, I will be watching for more from this Author and will even pay (if I have to). Well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim on August 27, 2013
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Ok, it is 3:00 in the morning and I'm still awake because I just couldn't put this book down! Great writing-it is so well written the story just flowed right to the end. This certainly did not seem like a first novel. I sincerely hope that John Pesta writes many more books!
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THREE AWARDS FOR "SAFELY BURIED"

Best Books of Indiana Contest sponsored by Indiana State Library, First-Place Award Winner (2012), Fiction category.

Independent Publisher Book Awards, Silver Medal (2012), Mystery/Cozy/Noir category.

London Book Festival, Honorable Mention (2012), Genre-Based Fiction category.



THE STORY OF MY LIFE

I was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but I have lived in southern Indiana most of my life. For many years I was editor and publisher of The Brownstown Banner, a semiweekly paper in the south-central part of the state. During that time I wrote all sorts of things for the paper, from obituaries to editorials, from town-meeting news to high school sports, from features about favorite recipes to photo captions about giant pumpkins. . . . In 1980 my wife Maureen and I expanded our business by building the first cable-TV system in Brownstown. This created what was surely a unique operation: the printers who ran the newspaper press also served as cable-TV installers and technicians.

Before going into the newspaper business, I received degrees in English from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia, and I spent a year at the University of London on a Fulbright fellowship. My short stories have appeared in various literary magazines, among them Sou'wester, The Florida Review, Four Quarters, and Prairie Schooner. My mystery novel, "Safely Buried," won the 2012 Best Books of Indiana Contest sponsored by the Indiana State Library. The cover of the book features a pastel painting by Maureen. We have two children, Jesse and Abigail, both journalists who live in New York.

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