In this sequel to Eskens' debut thriller, The Life We Bury (2014), Joe Talbert is a reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis when he's faced with a handful of emergencies. First, he's sued for defamation by a state senator whose sex scandal Talbert's reporting revealed; Talbert won't give up his source, leaving his career uncertain. Then he learns that a Joseph Talbert has been killed in a small town just hours away; could it be the father he has never known? Joe leaves the apartment he shares with girlfriend Lila, who's studying for the bar exam, and his younger, autistic brother, Jeremy, to check out the murder. But his nosing around is not particularly welcome: his relationship to the victim, known as Toke Talbert (whom no one in town is sorry to see dead), is suspect, especially with a sizable inheritance at stake from land handed down to Toke's wife, who committed suicide months earlier. This may lack some of the tension of Eskens' debut, but murder, arson, betrayal, and reconciliation will keep pages turning and leave readers eager for more of Joe Talbert.
Allen Eskens is the USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, and The Deep Dark Descending. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, the Rosebud Award, Minnesota Book Award, and the Silver Falchion Award, and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Thriller Award, and the Anthony Award. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 21 languages and is being developed for a feature film.