By Frederick Busch
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345486837, 320pp.)
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
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Jack is driving north, away from the warm winters and wind-blown beaches of the Carolina coast, far from the shelter he has made for himself–a shelter against the past and the memory of his dead wife and child. A Manhattan lawyer has hired Jack to find her missing nephew, last seen in Upstate New York, the same place where Jack lost his family, and where as a campus security officer he was unable to save a girl from a murderer. Now, for Jack, it’s all about second chances–and what lies hidden in the ground.
“A damn good book . . . the sort that gets you quickly in its grip and keeps you there.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“The much-anticipated sequel to Girls . . . With his spare, lyrical style straight out of Hemingway and Chandler, Frederick Busch has crafted another smart, big-hearted country noir.”
–Stewart O’Nan, author of The Good Wife and The Night Country
“Busch’s superb prose is mesmerizing; he evokes Jack’s psychic turmoil perfectly with expert language. . . . a provocative look at one man’s demons unleashed.”
“With the restraint of a master storyteller, Busch unfolds before us a tightly spun tale of past secrets and sadnesses. . . . a tender and tough and wonderful book.”
–Elizabeth Strout, author of Amy and Isabelle and Abide with Me
“A beautifully composed detective story.”
–New York Sun
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