The Long and Faraway GoneBook - 2015
The lone survivor of a robbery shooting and the grieving sister of a missing girl obsessively search for answers to the traumas that forever changed their lives twenty-five years earlier.
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD, THE MACAVITY AWARD, THE ANTHONY AWARD, AND THE BARRY AWARD FOR BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
NOMINATED FOR THE 2015 LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE
With the compelling narrative tension and psychological complexity of the works of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-nominee Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors—and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives.
In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.
Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead.
Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.
As Wyatt's case becomes more complicated and dangerous, and Julianna seeks answers from a ghost, their obsessive quests not only stir memories of youth and first love, but also begin to illuminate dark secrets of the past. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free—or ultimately destroy them?
A lone survivor of a robbery shooting and the grieving sister of a missing girl forge a passionate relationship and obsessively search for answers when a suspect resurfaces 25 years later. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of Whiplash River. Original. 40,000 first printing.
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In his award winning novel, The Long and Faraway Gone, Lou Berney takes readers on a fast-paced journey to solve two tragic mysteries from one fatal summer.
The summer of 1986 started as an average season in Oklahoma City where teenagers worked menial jobs, snuck into swimming pools and smuggled beer from their parents. This all quickly came to an end when two fatal tragedies shook the city to its core.
In this mystery thriller, twenty five years have passed since the devastating tragedies that rattled the citizens of Oklahoma City. Both Wyatt and Julianna remain haunted by the events of that fateful summer and are devoted to unravelling the mysteries of both tragedies.
For Wyatt, the sole survivor of a massacre that killed six of his fellow movie-theater employees, that summer left unhealable scars and unanswered questions. After becoming a private investigator, Wyatt finds his way back to Oklahoma where his fixation on lost love and grief force him to revisit the case of who murdered his high school friends.
Similarly, Julianna is tortured by the memory of her beautiful older sister disappearing from the annual state fair. Her fixation with her sister’s drug abuse and racy lifestyle angers Julianna into believing that her catastrophic fate was inevitable. When new information and an old suspect resurface, Julianna is willing to risk it all to decipher the true events of that night.
Lou Berney flawlessly triggers suspense and intrigue through the alternating narratives of Wyatt and Julianna. This melancholic and intense thriller allows readers to piece together the puzzle of each mystery. Those that relish in the mysteries of Louise Penny and Michael Connelly will enjoy following Wyatt and Julianna on their quest to answer life-consuming mysteries from their childhood.
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