The Deep Dark Descending

The Deep Dark Descending

by Allen Eskens

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The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens

2018 Barry Award Winner for Best Paperback Original

A homicide detective hunts down his wife's killers while struggling between his thirst for revenge and a twinge of conscience forbidding him to take the law into his own hands.

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife’s death, even when he believed that a reckless hit-and-run driver was to blame. Haunted by memories both beautiful and painful, he is plagued by feelings of unfinished business. When Max learns that, in fact, Jenni was murdered, he must come to terms with this new information—and determine what to do with it.

Struggling to balance his impulses as a vengeful husband with his obligations as a law enforcement officer, Max devotes himself to relentlessly hunting down those responsible. For most of his life, he has thought of himself as a decent man. But now he’s so consumed with anguish and thoughts of retribution that he finds himself on the edge, questioning who he is and what he stands for.

On a frozen lake at the US–Canadian border, he wrestles with decisions that could change his life forever, as his rage threatens to turn him into the kind of person he has spent his entire career bringing to justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633883550
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 285
Sales rank: 85,976
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Allen Eskens is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. A criminal-defense attorney for twenty-five years, he lives with his wife in Minnesota, where he is a member of the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.

R. C. Bray is an Audie and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. An accomplished producer and voice-over artist, his voice can be heard in countless TV and radio commercials. He lives in New England with his wife and three children.

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The Deep Dark Descending 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“The Deep Dark Descending” by Allen Askens is a compelling story of personal conflict. This is homicide detective Max Rupert’s journey of revenge, vengeance, and redemption. His wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident, but he always believed it was murder. The book covers three days, and starts coldly, graphically, and starkly with a glimpse of day three. But how did those people get there? The story is compelling, and the journey treacherous. The book goes backward to days one and two to show readers the day-to-day lives of the characters, what made them who they are, and how they got to day three. “The Deep Dark Descending” is different from other books in many ways. Questions hang over the whole story. If someone kills the one you love, what would you do? A common exasperated exclamation is “The police had better find who killed my (wife-child-loved one) fast because if I find him first, I’ll kill him!” However, when the time comes, when you look someone in the eye, could you actually do it? The answers are traumatic, disturbing, and unexpected. The cover reflects the book exactly, and it one of my favorite covers. It evokes the cold foreboding desolation of winter, shows the lonely path through the dead, frozen weeds, and there, in the center, is the ominous hole in the ice. Even the back cover has reflective snow if you hold in the light just right. This cover from Seventh Street Books is stark, mysterious, and compelling, and the book is as well. “The Deep Dark Descending” should be on everyone’s must-read list.
Sheri Falzone More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Just like his last 3 novels. Eskens is a criminal defense attorney that lends credibility to his stories in the crime mystery genre. Not only does he know his topic, but the man is great at character and plot development. He takes his time with the story with enough intrigue and surprises to causing the reader to impatiently want more but yet at the same time not wanting the story to end. The finish is always different than anticipated and in a very good way. I had pre-ordered The Deep Dark Descending and I was not disappointed.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Max Rupert is a detective tormented by the death of his wife and child she was carrying. After a certain amount of time passes, Max is not allowed to have anything to do with the investigation of his wife’s passing. However, Max discovers that she didn’t die in an accident but was deliberately murdered! It doesn’t take much to imagine his fury and resultant reaction! Max has it on tape, a voice clearly indicating his wife was deliberately murdered. Now he has to figure out who the Planner, the Henchman and the Boss are! The remainder of the story proceeds with Max figuring out the identity of the men responsible for Jenni’s death. Somehow she discovered facts that could materially indict certain people over a crime involving Russian woman brought to America to serve as prostitutes. This novel is harrowing as Max confronts the chief perpetrator and plans to kill him. This is the essence of this story. It raises questions of moral integrity. When is it okay to wreak revenge on a killer? Why should the law be the one to punish a murderer or murderers? The laying out of these questions becomes clear when we see how Max begins to distance himself from everyone he knows, including a partner Niki, who cares for Max more than she should The reader will be shocked by the end of this story and will certainly wonder what lies ahead in Max’s future. This reader has the feeling that this will become clear in future novels. For now, The Deep Dark Descending is nail-biting, tension-filled reading that lovers of crime thrillers, adventure tales and mysteries will thoroughly enjoy! Well done, Allen Eskens!
Twink More than 1 year ago
I first 'discovered' Allen Eskens in 2015 when I was lucky enough to review his first novel, The Life We Bury. I thought it was fantastic and couldn't wait to read more of his work. Eskens' fourth book, The Deep Dark Descending, releases today - and it too, is a five star read for me. Detective Max Rupert has figured into all four of Eskens' books. The Deep Dark Descending finally provides the answer to a question that has haunted Rupert for years - who killed his wife? (And it is here that I will say, yes you could probably read this latest as a stand-alone, but you would be robbing yourself of some great reading if you didn't start with the first book. Just sayin') Eskens uses one of my favourite story telling techniques - then and now, back and forth. It's a short then and now - only over the course of three days - from knowledge to finale. Rupert sees himself as a law abiding, good man, but the need for revenge and retribution has taken the upper hand. Deep Dark Descending opens with an action filled scene on the frozen ice between Canada and the US. One man ready to kill another.....and then we are taken back to the what that led to this moment. The reader does know that these two paths will cross in the end, but the telling in between is so very, very good. The plotting, mystery and police details are believable, the action non-stop, the dialogue flows easily the characters have depth and the reader cannot help but be on their side. The book had a bit of a movie feel to it and I can see it easily on the screen. I really like Max's partner Niki as well. She's tough as nails with a sharp tongue and mind and fiercely loyal to Max. I feel gutted that this might be the last we see of Max Rupert, but my fingers are crossed for more. A note at the end of this book says that a 2018 novel will be the follow up to The Life We Bury. Yay! I'll be watching for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story with the many MN landmarks. Little tough reading through the violence . Didn't like to read the chapters with the main character's violent revenge. I'm waiting for the next book, however!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok just a little too much taking God's name in vain just not necessary