Gallery Books, 2013
For fans of the Coen brothers’ films or for those who just love their thrillers with a dash of sharp humor—an engaging and offbeat story about a man driven to murder, who then buries the body in his backyard only to discover that there are two other shallow graves on his property.
"There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”
But it could always be worse. . . .
More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he’d never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he’s learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he’s done, police unearth two bodies on his property—neither of which is the one Jason buried.
Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers. A jilted woman searches for her lost fiancé, a fringe-dweller runs from a past that’s quickly gaining on him, and a couple of earnest local detectives piece it together with the help of a volunteer police dog — all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming. As the action unfolds, each discovers that knowing more than one side of the story doesn't necessarily rule out a deadly margin of error.
Oh, boy. This book was an action-packed disaster. Nothing went right for anyone, and people made some really stupid decisions - and that only made the book BETTER. A heart-pounding, disgusting, strangely funny chase scene kept me reading. Seriously, there was no good place to stop. I needed to see how it ended.
Normally, I am not one for gore, but the decomposing body goo didn't really bother me as much as it could have. And normally, people go for vomit if they want to do something disgustingly funny. The humor in this book was very dark and not very laugh-out-loud-ish, but I could see it.
I LOVED THE ENDING. It was fantastic, and I couldn't have asked for a better one. It would have been easy for this book to get cheesy, stupid and unbelievable, but it DIDN'T, thank goodness. The author did a fantastic job. Another interesting thing -- I believe the author is a woman, but she did a better job of writing the male characters than the female. Most of the guys were very complicated, and she had their banter down pat. She still did a good job explaining Leah's choices. Also, I loved how she wrote the dog's personality. Fantastic.
Read this one. Just read it. I'm going to buy it ASAP so I can read it anytime I want.