The Twenty-Year Death

By Ariel S. Winter
(Hard Case Crime, Hardcover, 9780857685810, 670pp.)

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

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THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BOOK LIKE
THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH
 
A breathtaking first novel written in the form of three separate crime novels, each set in a different decade and penned in the style of a different giant of the mystery genre.
 
1931—
The body found in the gutter in France led the police inspector to the dead man’s beautiful daughter—and to her hot-tempered American husband.
 
1941—
A hardboiled private eye hired to keep a movie studio’s leading lady happy uncovers the truth behind the brutal slaying of a Hollywood starlet.
 
1951—
A desperate man pursuing his last chance at redemption finds himself with blood on his hands and the police on his trail...
 
Three complete novels that, taken together, tell a single epic story, about an author whose life is shattered when violence and tragedy consume the people closest to him. It is an ingenious and emotionally powerful debut performance from literary detective and former bookseller Ariel S. Winter, one that establishes this talented newcomer as a storyteller of the highest caliber.




About the Author
Ariel S. Winter was a finalist for the "Los Angeles Times "Book Prize, the Shamus Award, and the Macavity Award for his novel "The Twenty-Year Death. "He is also the author of the children's picture book "One of a Kind, "illustrated by David Hitch, and the blog We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie. He lives in Baltimore.


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Sunday, Jun 17, 2012

Lynn Neary talks to three critics about the books you absolutely shouldn't miss this summer. Critic Laura Miller of Salon.com, says it's a particularly rich literary summer because in election years, publishers release their juiciest books before the fall. More at NPR.org

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