The Gone Dead Train

The Gone Dead Train

by Lisa Turner


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ISBN-13: 9780062136190
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 383,456
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Born in Memphis, Lisa Turner travels between her ancestral home in the Deep South and her writing getaway on the wildly beautiful coast of Nova Scotia.

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The Gone Dead Train 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
As it had been a while since I last read a murder mystery, I truly enjoyed reading The Gone Dead Train. After two blues musicians and a former baseball star who asked too many questions were murdered, Detective Billy Able, currently on leave, and Patrol Officer Frankie Malone follow their natural instincts as cops to solve the case. Too bad the cop actually assigned to these murders is a straight laced racist. I simply couldn't put this many-layered mystery down. Apart from the beautifully written, never-a-dull-moment prose, colorful descriptions of Memphis, and the engaging cast of characters, the thrill of the hunt for the truth behind these deaths kept me turning the pages. The characters, especially that of the main characters, Billy Able and Frankie Malone, are realistically crafted and well fleshed out. The author created believable back stories for both these characters; back stories that have a definite effect on how they relate to the case as well as to one another. Other imaginative characters that make this book come alive include J.J. aka Jesus Junior, the Santerían priest, Sergio Ramos, and Theda Jones, an abused girl with a dream of stardom as well as a suspect who performs in drag at a club.  On the antagonist side of the character cast are two equally cleverly crafted characters. Don Dunsford, a supposed-to-be-good-guy who is, infact, woefully inept at police work and a blatant racist with a nastily malicious attitude towards Billy Able. The other, naturally, is the murderer, whose identity is skillfully kept a secret until just about the end.  With secrets dating back to, and deeply rooted in the civil rights era, The Gone Dead Train is a multifaceted, yet profoundly humane story anybody who loves a good mystery would want to read. (Ellen Fritz)
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The first in a new series that takes place in Memphis and centers around a homicide detective and a lady police officer who would love to join the homicide team. In this book, they encounter a murder that involves a little voodoo and some of the underground unseen Memphis. I have never been to Memphis so first, I enjoyed how descriptive the setting of this story was. I really felt like I could see Memphis and experience it. I was intrigued to read about how much it felt like it had in common with New Orleans and the underground religious practices was new to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this one Recommend
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