Pay Dirt Road: A Novel

Pay Dirt Road: A Novel

by Samantha Jayne Allen
Pay Dirt Road: A Novel

Pay Dirt Road: A Novel

by Samantha Jayne Allen


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A deep sense of place; the human condition and characters we can all relate to make up our favorite aspects of a mystery/thriller. Samantha Jayne Allen’s Pay Dirt Road hits all the right notes. And then, the best part of her book is getting to the heart of the true mystery: Can anyone ever really go home again? Read for more — and answers, too.

Friday Night Lights meets Mare of Easttown in this small-town mystery about an unlikely private investigator searching for a missing waitress. Pay Dirt Road is the mesmerizing debut from the 2019 Tony Hillerman Prize recipient Samantha Jayne Allen.

Annie McIntyre has a love/hate relationship with Garnett, Texas.

Recently graduated from college and home waitressing, lacking not in ambition but certainly in direction, Annie is lured into the family business—a private investigation firm—by her supposed-to-be-retired grandfather, Leroy, despite the rest of the clan’s misgivings.

When a waitress at the café goes missing, Annie and Leroy begin an investigation that leads them down rural routes and haunted byways, to noxious-smelling oil fields and to the glowing neon of local honky-tonks. As Annie works to uncover the truth she finds herself identifying with the victim in increasing, unsettling ways, and realizes she must confront her own past—failed romances, a disturbing experience she’d rather forget, and the trick mirror of nostalgia itself—if she wants to survive this homecoming.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250882929
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2023
Series: Annie McIntyre Mysteries , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 168,729
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

SAMANTHA JAYNE ALLEN has an MFA in fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Common, and Electric Literature. Raised in small towns in Texas and California, she now lives with her husband in Atlanta. Pay Dirt Road is her debut novel.
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