Good morning, everyone! Today I am kicking off the TLC book tour for Lou Berney's latest, The Long and Faraway Gone. Berney blew me away with his Whiplash River and is an author I think should definitely be more widely read. That said, I'm super stoked to be able to offer up two copies of this latest to one of you lucky readers, so be sure to scroll through to the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a copy.
It was the August of 1986 when three robbers busted into the Pheasant Run Twin movie theater and killed its manager and all but one of the employees on shift. Just a few weeks later, Genevieve Rosales disappeared from the state fair.
Two decades have passed and Wyatt and Julianna are still haunted by these events. Wyatt, the only one to survive the theater robbery, changed his name and is now a PI in Vegas. Julianna, Genevieve's little sister - who was left waiting for her the night she disappeared, still lives in Oklahoma City where she works as a nurse. While Wyatt has always tried to put his own past behind him, Julianna has spent her time trying desperately to find some clue that will explain her sister's disappearance. Unfortunately for Wyatt, a favor for a friend leads him straight back to his old hometown, forcing him to once again face the ghosts of that summer. For Julianna, a glimmer of hope comes in the form of a new clue, which means she too may finally have a chance to face down her demons.
The Long and Faraway Gone is a mystery wrapped around human tragedy. Both Wyatt and Julianna are trying to solve their own cases, in their own ways. Wyatt is also tasked with investigating another mystery, that of Vegas girl who's inherited an OKC club and thinks she's being harassed for it.
Crimes aside, Wyatt and Julianna are both still struggling emotionally with the fallout of these crimes. Wyatt has always wondered why he survived. Why all of his coworkers were shot and he was spared. Julianna has also wondered why - why her sister left her behind that night. What could possibly have been so important that she would abandon her little sister.
Berney's plotting is wonderful but it's the heavy focus on the emotional repercussions that remain in the days, weeks, and years following such tragedies that elevate his latest above and beyond standard mystery/thriller fare. What's more, the focus on connections - the links and the small interactions that occur throughout the story - make The Long and Faraway Gone seem so real.
And now for the giveaway. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below before Monday, February 23. US only and no PO boxes please.
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To see more stops on the tour be sure to visit the official TLC tour page here.
For more on Lou Berney and his work, you can check out his website here. You can also like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.