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Dry Bones in the Valley – A Novel: 1 Hardcover – 18 July 2014

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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (18 July 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393243028
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393243024
  • Dimensions : 14.99 x 2.79 x 21.59 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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[An] outstanding debut... Henry's growth from a grief-stricken widower to a lawman with an inner resolve fuels the brisk plot, as does an evocative look at a changing landscape.

[Incorporates] literary elements--thick atmosphere, regional rootedness, social scope--into an actual fast-paced mystery series.--Boris Kachka

An exciting and disturbing debut... Bouman brings his world to life with texture that gives every room and vehicle and person a history and character, keeping us immersed in this mesmerizing and often terrifying story.--Michael Sims

Bouman's debut shows rural noir at its finest: a poetically written mystery about a man struggling with his inner demons and an area of great natural beauty few had heard of before the natural gas boom.

Debut author Tom Bouman is a gem... Recommended for your end of summer pleasure.--Joe Hartlaub

So smooth it's as if it was written on spring water. Shadowy, swift, impossible to put down. I was enraptured. Any justice and this writer will soon be a major star.--Joe R. Lansdale, author of Deadman's Road

Some stories are so sad, you want them to have the comfort of a gentle storytelling voice. Tom Bouman extends this kindness in... his beautifully written first novel.--Marilyn Stasio

A tough, edgy thriller that asks hard questions about the destruction of our environment, our local communities, and our families. Readers of smart literary thrillers are going to love this novel. I wish like hell that my name were on the cover.--Wiley Cash, New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home

Grit-lit meets wry suspense, along with a keen rendering of place and politics.

Raymond Chandler said that Hammett took murder away from the manor houses and gave it back to the people who actually commit it. Tom Bouman continues that tradition. Bouman's story is deceptively simple, layered with history, bearing the promise of lightness, of redemption.--James Sallis, author of Drive

About the Author

Tom Bouman is the author of The Bramble and the Rose, Fateful Mornings and Dry Bones in the Valley, which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in upstate New York.

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