Overview

In one of the most unique and powerfully realized debut novels of the decade, Craig Holden creates a page-turning drama that is both emotionally shattering and harrowingly plausible.

When a fatally burned victim is brought into the Morgantown General Hospital emergency room, a young doctor's life is changed irrevocably. For Dr. Adrian Lancaster, the arrival of "John Doe" is only the first of a bizarre and bloody series of events that will ...
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The River Sorrow

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Overview

In one of the most unique and powerfully realized debut novels of the decade, Craig Holden creates a page-turning drama that is both emotionally shattering and harrowingly plausible.

When a fatally burned victim is brought into the Morgantown General Hospital emergency room, a young doctor's life is changed irrevocably. For Dr. Adrian Lancaster, the arrival of "John Doe" is only the first of a bizarre and bloody series of events that will force him to relive his violent past and put him on the run. On the road and underground, accused and accuser, Lancaster's only hope for survival lies in facing the terrifying truth.


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A ponytailed doctor tries to sleep in the walk-in clinic of a small midwestern city--and forget the image of a burn victim he treated earlier in the day. But for Dr. Adrian Lancaster there will be no rest, not now or tomorrow. The killing has begun. And he has no choice but to run--into the arms of his weakness and disgrace, into the past and a corrupt plot.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An emergency room physician and former drug addict becomes a murder suspect when junkie friends turn up dead in Holden's debut thriller. July
Library Journal
Holden's first novel is suspenseful, well written, and moving. Dr. Adrian Lancaster, a recovering heroin addict, specializes in treating trauma victims in a small Midwestern city hospital. When a burn victim arrives, Lancaster discovers that the victim is a murdered junkie. A seductive woman named Storm Summers enlists Lancaster's aid and leads him to the scene of yet another murdered addict. Lancaster finds himself being investigated by Frank Brandon, a hard-boiled, chain-smoking police detective who is caught between dedication to his job and caring for his recently crippled wife. Brandon's investigation ties the murders to drug trafficking, Lancaster's past, and high officials in the governor's office. The novel is written from the perspectives of both Brandon and Lancaster and features excellent dialog and characterizations. Recommended for fiction collections. [BOMC selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/94.]-Stacie Browne Chandler, Plymouth P.L., Mass.
Dennis Winters
Ex-junkie, ex-big-city, doctor Adrian Lancaster is perfectly situated to take the fall when people connected with the drug trade begin getting brutally murdered in his new small-town world. Drug dealers, local police, and federal agents start swarming around him as he tries, with the help of the beautiful, mysterious Storm, to make sense of the murders and their connection with the drug-trafficking life he left behind. Over all looms Fang--the street name for a synthetic heroin thousands of times more powerful than morphine. Lancaster finds his friends turning to enemies and his enemies turning lethal as he struggles to unravel the riddles surrounding him. In his first novel, Holden masterfully constructs a many-layered, deadly puzzle, intense and riveting, wrapped in a fog of confusion and enigma until the very last moment.
From the Publisher
"A brilliant first novel... The River Sorrow stuns from page one on. This is the first crime novel to capture late-20th century mid-American ennui and loss without whining. This is a book that oozes power." — James Ellroy, author of The Black Dahlia and White Jazz.

"A one-of-a-kind read... gives an enlightening glimpse into the dramatic nexus of cops, crooks, and science." — James Grady, author of Six Days Of The Condor andThunder.

"The River Sorrow is a beauty — tough, complex, and thoroughly entertaining. It's not just a fine first novel, it's a wonderful book. Like a postmodern Ross MacDonald. I loved it." — James Crumley, author of The Mexican Tree Duck

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307490230
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/24/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 673,595
  • File size: 3 MB

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