- Paperback: 303 pages
- Publisher: Seventh Street Books; First Paperback Edition edition (October 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616149981
- ISBN-13: 978-1616149987
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,834 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
About the Author
Allen Eskens is the award-winning and USA Today–bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. A criminal-defense attorney for twenty-five years, he lives with his wife in Minnesota, where he is a member of the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.
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For years I couldn't speak about the war, whether because of the shame the American public cast upon our service, or because of my participation in the war itself.
Sprayed and betrayed by our own government, then shunned by the rest of the country, no wonder so many of us went insane or turned to self-medication.
I loved the plot of The Life We Bury, Mr. Eskens' mastery of detail and his mastery of the art of storytelling, I would have given it a 5-star rating, if it weren't for some details, and editing issues that struck me as not quite hitting the mark.
For example, nobody who had ever graduated from Army recruit training would ever refer to it as "Boot Camp". His spelling of the Vietnamese town of Khe Sanh (the site of one of the deadliest and costliest battles of the war) as Que Son, would leave any Vietnam Vet scratching his head, and wondering why. One other glaring example was referring to the M16 as a gun. No military personnel would ever call his weapon a gun. There were some other editing issues that detracted from a great story by a first rate storyteller.
Mr. Eskens, my hat is off to you, for telling a tale, that from my perspective, symbolically exonerates Vietnam Veterans.
Thanks to you sir, from me and all that deserved better when they came home. May we all come out of the shadows, take our place as proud Americans, and look closely at the life we bury.
Robert Romaniello, Author of Marble Mountain Memoirs.
This novel is probably classified as a thriller but I consider it a literary thriller. There's thrills and spills to make it a page turner but it doesn't over rely on such action. For me it was the rich character development, character interaction and psychological aspects that make this a great story and read. My only disappointment (albeit minor) is that the story never reveals if the class project (the biographical paper) was a success with the English professor and whether the student decided to become a journalist or professional writer. As a reader I was left to draw my own favorable conclusions for these minor questions.
I seek out debut novels as they tend to be more honest than the writing of more "experienced" writers who often seem to be lured off course by fame, fortune and laziness. This novel is genuine writing and I'm looking forward to this author's future work, hoping to find similar honesty. I'm recommending and/or gifting copies of this novel to all of my reading friends.
Joe Talbot’s college English course writing assignment to write a brief biography leads him to a local nursing home and Carl Iverson. Carl, dying of cancer, had been released from prison after being convicted of the rape and murder of a neighbor girl. Carl’s only condition is that both parties be honest. As Joe digs into Carl’s conviction, the more he believes Carl. He also finds there’s someone who doesn’t want that to happen.
Eskens as a wonderful voice which captures, and holds, one’s attention—“Oddly enough, my high-school guidance counsel never mentioned the word “college” in any of our meetings. …--maybe she knew who my mother was and figured that no one can change the sound of an echo.” His descriptions make the ordinary come alive—“The archive room had the feel of a tabernacle, with millions of souls packed away on microfilm like the incense in tiny jars, waiting for someone to free their essence to be felt, tasted, inhaled again, if only for a moment.”—as does his strong sense of place—“The triplex apartment building I lived in had an ancient cellar that breathed dankness up through the floorboards, filling the structure with a pungency born of wet dirt mixed with the tang of rotting timber.
Eskens’ characters come to life. They are fully developed and dimensional. As much as Eskens may tell us, one wants to know much more—“Are you talking about killing or murdering? “Is there a difference?” Mr. Iverson looked out the window as he pondered the question…”Yes,” he said. “There is a difference. I’ve done both, I’ve killed…and I’ve murdered.” What’s the difference?” “It’s the difference between hoping that the sun rises and hoping that it doesn’t.”
Joe is humanity and the defender. He is the one who is always there for his autistic brother. He is the one who doesn’t accept Carl at face value. He is the one willing to ask questions. He is the one willing to dig into Carl’s case to find the truth. Lila, Joe’s neighbor, starts out as prosecutor, the common person who sees the label and judges. It is to Eskens’ credit that her role changes as the story progresses.
There are elements of wisdom—“But we do have control of how much of our soul we leave behind in this mess.” There is also a metaphorical ticking clock, and actions by Joe which fall into the too-stupid-to-live category, but both elements add tremendous tension. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of coincidences. The ending is a bit over the top, but it also makes one smile.
“The Life We Bury” has a lot to recommend it; the author’s voice, interesting characters, and excellent suspense. One will want to read more by this author.
THE LIFE WE BURY (Trad Mys-Joe Talbert-Minnesota-Contemp) – VG+
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Seventh Street Books, Oct, 2014
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