Short Take: The Long and Faraway Gone – Lou Berney

With tight plotting, great dialogue, three-dimensional characters and sharp sardonic humor, Berney should be on your radar if you like crime writers like Dennis Lehane and Elmore Leonard. His previous novel received an Edgar nomination and his first book was named one of the ten best debut crime novels of the year by Booklist. This one will be reviewed in the NYTBR’s, In Crime Column on February 15th and arrived with two starred advance reviews. It might be worth getting this one on the paperback display tables.

Berney’s novel is most truly a thoughtful exploration of memory and what it means to be a survivor. Elegiac and wistful, it is a lyrical mystery . . . with a deep, wounded heart. Read it.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Focused, very insightfully, on love, loss, and memory . . . fully realized creations that readers won’t soon forget. A genuinely memorable novel of ideas.”
Booklist (starred review)

The Long and Faraway Gone (9780062292438) by Lou Berney. $14.99 trade paper original. 2/10/15 on sale.

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