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Before, a Novel

Before, a Novel

by J. Kilburn
Before, a Novel

Before, a Novel

by J. Kilburn



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In the novel BEFORE, writer J. Kilburn brings readers a light-hearted and whimsical coming of age story that follows the adventures and misadventures of Just Regular Kids as they grow up in a pastoral and peaceful New England college town. Buckle your seatbelts - all may not be as it seems. Events in a far-away criminal underworld lurk in the background as these teenagers take their first steps into adulthood. Adventurous readers will discover that two Sweet Sixteens have a lot more in common with hardened criminals than you - or they - might realize.... Surprises are in store for everyone!

Midwest Book Review calls BEFORE by J. Kilburn "A deftly crafted blending of Crime Fiction and Coming-of-Age.... especially and unreservedly recommended for community library General Fiction collections...."

Readers Favorite gives BEFORE by J. Kilburn 5 stars!
"...the dialogue... is probably among the top 1% in its sarcasm and authenticity..."

InD'tale Magazine says:
"Mr. Kilburn is a master at writing character development!"

Independent Book Review calls it:
"A gripping coming-of-age tale entwined with small town complications.... With a slow but tantalizing pace, this coming-of-age story is going to be tough to put down for fans of character-driven fiction."

Kilburn takes your average teenagers, gives them a Noir edge, and then plausibly and seamlessly drops them into international crime fiction in this intriguing and entertaining novel. These teenagers go about their sweet and sordid adventures blissfully unaware of their role in larger and more complicated regional events. BEFORE, a Novel is a Coming-of-Age story, but it's also a story about international Organized Crime and the role that small-town folks, your neighbors, your Loved Ones, and even the Honors Students next door might play in that dark and dangerous world.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940165834332
Publisher: J. Kilburn
Publication date: 02/20/2022
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: eBook
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J. Kilburn's narrative style has been compared to those of Joyce Carol Oates, Virginia Wolfe, D.H. Lawrence, Hunter S. Thompson, and Nell Zink. His subjects and almost cinematic descriptions of setting have earned his work comparison to movies and television shows like Sons of Anarchy, Tin Star, Twin Peaks, and Thelma and Louise. Prior to Heaven's Door, a Novel and BEFORE, Kilburn's other published work was a feature-length investigative news article that got the whole page in his community newspaper.

Kilburn lives a quiet and private life on the shore of America's sixth Great Lake. He has lived and worked in Vermont, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Minnesota. During these travels, Kilburn has dabbled in law enforcement, private security, emergency medicine, truck driving, and horse-logging. Other occupations have included at-risk youth mentor, big-city process server, park ranger, and industrial wastewater treatment operator. Along the way, he's pedaled to 14,000 feet above sea-level in a major bicycle race, been marooned overnight on a deserted island, ridden a motorcycle from Chicago to Thunder Bay, and hiked Vermont's highest peaks to watch sunsets on both the longest and coldest days of the year. He currently maintains plastics processing machinery for a major manufacturing company. When not at work he and his wife enjoy life around a little urban farm complete with greenhouse, garden, and mini-barn. Their current flock is composed of four chickens and a cat named Sierra Feral.

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