Friday, August 28, 2015

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens

Joe Talbert is taking a writing class at the University of Minnesota. His assignment is to interview someone and write a brief biography of that person. Joe goes to a nursing home to find a willing subject. He meets Carl Iverson, a Vietnam vet and convicted murderer dying of pancreatic cancer. As he talks to Carl, Joe comes to believe that Iverson is innocent of the murder that sent him to prison 30 years ago. Joe and his next-door neighbor, Lila, search through the old trial transcript, talk to the people orignially involved in the case and pour over the evidence that remains to track down the real killer.

Not only does Eskens create an intricate puzzle but he also weaves Joe and Lila’s troubled personal stories into the novel.

This is a well-written book that kept me up past my bedtime.

[ official Allen Eskens web site ]

Recommended by Donna G.
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