The Past Never Ends

The Past Never Ends

by Jackson Burnett
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The Past Never Ends by Jackson Burnett

"... a fast-paced read that pulls together into a surprising ending." - the 5 star review from Open Book Society

A simple task, Attorney Chester Morgan thinks. Obtain a copy of the incident report for a young man whose only friend has died in an unexplained accidental death. Except...

The police file regarding the demise of sex worker Tanya Everly has been sealed by order of the chief of police, and no one will talk. Warned to drop the matter, Attorney Morgan knows that if he doesn't speak for the dead young woman, no one will.

Haunted by his discovery of the body of a prominent local oilman, Morgan pursues a disturbing quest for justice that takes him into the dark shadows of the sex-for-sale business, into the marble courtrooms of Oklahoma, and into the aching loneliness of his own soul.

Attorney Chester Morgan may speak for Tanya Everly, but will anyone listen?

From the Currentland review: "Jackson Burnett is a vivid wordsmith, telling his story with genius strokes of color and depth. His language is both fluid and elegantly descriptive."

Set in the American Southwest in the days before 9/11, The Past Never Ends is both a complex murder mystery and a meditation on the self-perpetuating nature of injustice and the ethereal nature of justice itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781545253168
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Past Never Ends 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Read This Book!! Brought to you by OBS reviewer Lindsay The main reason I like to read mystery books is to guess the ending and see if I’m right. A good mystery will prove you completely wrong at the end of the book. The Past Never Ends will keep you guessing up until the last page. Chester Morgan is an attorney in Vivia Oklahoma with a small practice that focuses on the clients. After losing his wife and finding a fellow lawyer and friend dead at the local YMCA pool, he falls into a bit of a rut. Until one day when Alan Kinman walks into Morgan’s office wanting to hire him to investigate a murder. Kinman’s friend, Tanya Everly, is found dead in a motel room in a seedy part of town. The police have ruled it an accident, however, Kinman believes she was murdered. When Morgan begins to investigate the police cover up, he is drawn into a world all its own. The more he digs for the truth the deeper he falls into the new world and soon he discovers that these two worlds have collided with deadly results. Alan Kinman’s character is a mystery though the entire book. We never really know his identity or anything specific about him. Some readers may feel this leaves the book open ended and authors need to settle all loose ends by the last page. However, I think this adds an extra mysterious element to the book. I agree with Burnett’s decision to leave a major character a mystery. I liked how I was left wanting to know more about him. In contrast, Chester Morgan’s character goes through a growth and transformation throughout the book. As he investigates Tanya’s murder, we see how he goes from a person going through the motions of life to a person with a passion again. He becomes passionate about finding Tanya’s murderer but he also begins to feel real feelings again. I commend Burnett’s ability to use his characters to create a strong contrast in a book already coated in mystery. In my opinion, this element really took the book from an okay mystery to a well-written in depth story that leaves you wanting to read more about Chester Morgan. During the course of his investigation, Morgan meets Tanya’s best friend, Maria. She takes him on a roller skating adventure that instantly became my favorite part of the book. It reminded me of roller skating in high school and had me laughing through the entire scene. The only difference is that I never claimed to be good at roller skating like Morgan. I like how Burnett was able to incorporate some humor into a serious story. Even the best books have a storyline I don’t like or a character I don’t care for in there somewhere. Surprisingly, I just couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about this book. I thought the characters were unique and entertaining and the storyline kept me guessing. I really felt The Past Never Ends deserves five stars because of the creative characters Burnett created. This was a fast-paced read that pulls together into a surprising ending. This book will appeal to mystery lovers but also to readers who enjoy an emotional journey as well. I really recommend you give this book a read. It’s a good mystery that develops quickly and ends with a surprising twist.. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lawyer tries to obtain the police report on an accidental death, but instead discovers a brutal crime concealed by a corrupt police force. He starts picking at the loose ends of the case and is drawn into an unsavory underworld which he finds strangely comforting. While the protagonist becomes emotionally entangled in a crime worthy of NY, Chicago or LA, the author serves up the characters with doses of sanctimonious hypocrisy and quirky kindness that make this a tale unique to Oklahoma. And when the lawyer finally exposes the crime, an ineffective legal system still refuses to do its job. This is a great detective story made even better by high drama in the court room. It was hard for me to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Past Never Ends is finely crafted crime noir with compelling characters in a gritty, but not over-played, fictional Midwest town--a place that seems reminiscent of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, except we're in the middle of the country where money is scarce and those who have it hold on tight. Many wonderful components are utilized in the book--from dirty cops to rough and tumble criminals to all manner of strippers--and Burnett makes all these people seem real; Each has their own motivation and voice. Still, the main course here is mystery, which is both intriguing and deep. This lawyer turned sleuth chases other's secrets into the dark recesses of his own life. Nothing is two dimensional, giving the book both a cinematic feel and a true resonance. This book is a good read, compelling, finely crafted, and a fantastic mystery. Can't wait to see what Burnett might come up with next.
AlanAbrams More than 1 year ago
This is a stellar thriller. The character development is top notch. The plot builds at the perfect pace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished 'The Past Never Ends'. Excellent mystery, kept me searching for the next clue, surprise, or twist all the way to the end. The many characters in the story were developed clearly and compactly, such that the reader understands them and their behavior. The insight to the personalities built on the strong mystery story line. It was a book that once started, I couldn't put down. Good job, Jackson Burnett, hope to see more from you soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read! What could be a more lethal and intriguing mix than a lawyer, some strippers, and oil men. Throw in careful attention to place, Tulsa, to history, Oklahoma, and you have a fun time with Jackson Burnett's book. Treat yourself to this puzzling mystery and wait to be surprised.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holds a sword how may i help.
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I see flowers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I am a protector." She walks off to the fourth result with the dires, calmly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh and im 13
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Nodded to peter. Yeah. Apparrently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really enjoying this story, but lots of errors make it difficult at times. If not for being slowed down by mistakes, I'd give it five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok listen i am about 12 years old is this a good book or not.