A young reporter must come to terms with his past - and present - while investigating his father's murder
Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota.
Full of childhood dreams about who his father might have been, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about his father's murder - other than that it was long overdue. Joe discovers that his father was a loathsome man who cheated his neighbours, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's meagre inheritance after she, too, passed away - an inheritance that may now be his.
Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own tenuous relationship with his mother, whose sobriety has led her to seek reconciliation with her distant son, Joe must put together the missing pieces of his family history - before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own
Praise for Allen Eskens - -
Eskens' first-person narration grabs the reader and never relinquishes its hold - Library Journal
The tension builds to an all-stops-out finale that works on every level. Thriller fans should keep their eyes on Eskens: he's a comer - Booklist
The pacing could be set to a metronome and the style is clean and accessible. [Eskens] finds fresh takes on puzzle pieces for the story and knows when to present them - MysteryPeople