Dry Bones in the Valley

Dry Bones in the Valley

by Tom Bouman


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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel

When an elderly recluse discovers a corpse on his land, Officer Henry Farrell is drawn into a murder investigation that might tear his sleepy community apart. Tom Bouman's chilling and evocative debut introduces one of the most memorable new characters in detective fiction and uncovers a haunting section of rural Pennsylvania, where gas drilling is bringing new wealth and eroding neighborly trust.

Dry Bones in the Valley is the first book in the Henry Farrell series. Tom Bouman's Officer Farrell returns in Fateful Mornings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393350784
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Series: Henry Farrell Series , #1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tom Bouman’s first Henry Farrell novel, Dry Bones in the Valley, 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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Dry Bones in the Valley 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
I received a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. This Appalachian murder-mystery is more mountain ballad than cozy, but unlike the mountain ballads, this story is about modern Appalachia, drawing on current issues like meth-labs and gas-drilling that's destroying/poisoning the natural environment. Some people may not like the tone of the book - it's a melancholic-romance, typical of the mountain ballads and what cozy can be found is in the heritage of the mountain ballads that it resembles. In places, the prose is beautiful and quotable, if I had a copy of the finished product to quote, but there are a couple patchy spots where one paragraph doesn't blend seamlessly into the next. I love that I didn't solve the murder until the end. The mystery is wrapped up in many threads - some focused more on introducing Officer Henry Farrell's world -Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania- than the murder, but this was used in a way that made the investigation feel more realistic than what's usually found in cozy-mysteries. I will be watching for the second installment of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could give this book a negative 100 stars I would. How did this idiot get publushed? Loser!!!!!
Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
I won book 2 in this series and had to go back and read book 1. Book 1 was even better!! Great mystery , fantastic story, set an wonderful backdrop/foundation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters time and place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago