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The life we bury : a novel

Author: Allen Eskens
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran -- and a convicted murderer. With only  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Eskens
ISBN: 9781616149987 1616149981
OCLC Number: 870663464
Awards: Commended for Minnesota Book Award (Fiction) 2015
Commended for Thriller Awards (First Novel) 2015
Short-listed for Anthony Awards (First Novel) 2015
Short-listed for Edgar Allan Poe Awards (First Novel) 2015
Description: 303 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Allen Eskens.
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College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran -- and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it's too late to escape the fallout?

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