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About Allen Eskens
Allen Eskens grew up in the wooded hills of Missouri and, after high school, migrated north to pursue his education. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. He honed his creative writing skills in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University and took classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
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Lila Nash is on the verge of landing her dream job—working as a prosecutor under the Hennepin County Attorney—and has settled into a happy life with her boyfriend, Joe Talbert. But when a woman is pulled from the Mississippi River, barely alive, things in the office take a personal turn.
The police believe the woman’s assailant is local photographer Gavin Spenser, but the case quickly flounders as the evidence wears thin. It seems Gavin saw this investigation coming—and no one can imagine how carefully he has prepared.
The more determined Lila is to put Gavin behind bars, the more elusive justice becomes. Battling a vindictive new boss and haunted by the ghosts of her own unspeakable attack, which she’s kept a dark secret for eight long years, Lila knows the clock is ticking down. In a race against an evil mastermind, it will take everything Lila’s got to outsmart a killer—and to escape the dark hold of her own past.
“In The Stolen Hours, there’s not a moment misplaced or a second lost. With the precision of a watchmaker, Eskens assembles the fine parts of a mystery and sets them to the tempo of a thriller, leaving the reader breathless.” —Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries
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?
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 curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about the dead man-other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's inheritance after she, too, passed away -- an inheritance that may now be Joe's.
Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own devastated relationship with his mother, who is seeking to get back into her son's life, 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.
In a small Southern town where loyalty to family and to "your people" carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition. After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn't being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.
Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins -- a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history -- forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.
But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.
As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town -- and he will be forced to choose sides.
Best Book of the Year: Florida Sun-Sentinel and Library Journal
Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award
A única coisa que Joe Talbert deseja é terminar o trabalho da faculdade: entrevistar um estranho e escrever uma breve biografia. Com os prazos se aproximando, o garoto decide ir a um asilo para encontrar o tão desejado objeto de trabalho. Lá ele conhece Carl Iverson e logo a vida de Joe vai ter mudado para sempre.
Veterano da Guerra do Vietnã, desenganado com apenas alguns meses de vida, Carl foi internado na casa de repouso em liberdade condicional devido ao estágio avançado de câncer depois de trinta anos preso pelos crimes de estupro e assassinato. À medida que escreve sobre a vida de Carl, principalmente sobre o período que o homem passou na guerra, Joe começa a ter dificuldade de conciliar o heroísmo do soldado com os desprezíveis atos do criminoso.
Acompanhado de Lila, sua vizinha cética, Joe se lança em uma busca pela verdade, mas lidar com a mãe perigosamente disfuncional, a culpa de deixar o irmão autista sozinho em casa e uma lembrança assustadora vão malograr seus esforços.
Fio por fio, Joe começa a desfazer a intricada tapeçaria do crime de Carl, mas, quanto mais se aproxima das reais circunstâncias do crime, mais nós aparecem. Joe vai conseguir descobrir a verdade ou já é muito tarde para escapar?
Jennavieve Pruitt wurde in ihrem eigenen Haus brutal ermordet. Den Körper der Frau hat man wie Abfall in eine Seitenstraße geworfen.
Detective Max Rupert untersucht das Verbrechen. Er ist überzeugt, dass der Ehemann der Mörder ist, obwohl der zur Tatzeit nicht in der Stadt war.
Rechtsanwalt Boady Sanden ist ein guter Freund von Max. Er hat den Fall übernommen. Und er ist davon überzeugt, dass sein Klient unschuldig ist.
Während sich die rätselhafte Wahrheit nach und nach enthüllt, sind die beiden Freunde gezwungen, sich ihren eigenen persönlichen Dämonen zu stellen ...
Ein spannender Mordfall, erzählt aus zwei gegensätzlichen Perspektiven.
Lee Child: »Eine raffinierte Geschichte über Polizisten und Anwälte, die in jeder Hinsicht gelungen ist. Ich mag sie sehr.«
Deadly Pleasures: »Einer der talentiertesten Autoren moderner Spannungsliteratur.«
New York Times Book Review: »Eskens elegante, aber kühle Prosa, ist wie Frost im Blut.«
Judith D. Collins: »Der preisgekrönte Autor hat mit seinen hervorragenden Romanen bewiesen, dass er mit den großen Jungs mitspielen kann. Er könnte der neue Dean Koontz werden. Literarisches Flair, das ein breites Publikum anspricht.«