Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota.
Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about the dead man-other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's inheritance after she, too, passed away--an inheritance that may now be Joe's.
Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own devastated relationship with his mother, who is seeking to get back into her son's life, Joe must put together the missing pieces of his family history-- before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Eskens lives with his wife, Joely, in out-state Minnesota, where he was a criminal defense attorney for 25 years.
What People are Saying About This
"The Shadows We Hide is a riveting novel about one man's search for his father becomes a perilous journey into a labyrinth of deceit and lies. Eskens vividly renders how small towns try to keep their secrets, and how sometimes they cannot.”
"Whether you like mysteries with surprise endings and terrific twists or you are a reader who never reads a mystery, but loves literary novels that explore the emotions that bring families together or tear them apart, you will want to read Allen Eskens's excellent novel, The Shadows We Hide.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Shadows We Hide is the highly anticipated continuation/sequel to The Life We Bury. When I became aware of the sequel, I only hoped that it was going to be as good as the first- and it was even better. This time out, Joe Tolbert a reporter, returns to explore the death of his father who may have been murdered many years ago. As his investigation takes place, Joe finds that people in town did not have a high opinion of his dad. Why and what his dad did to deserve this infamy is part of this engaging story. The story well written and kept me on edge until the end. Though this can be read as a stand-alone, I suggest that you start with the first book of this outstanding series
A thoroughly engaging read, THE SHADOWS WE HIDE follows one man's journey for answers. This book does a great job weaving together the past and the present, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. The characters are believable, the story is compelling, and the resolution is intensely satisfying. A worthy read for anyone looking for more than just a standard mystery novel. Disclosure: I received a free, uncorrected advance copy of this book.