In Fresh Kills, the murder of John Sanders Sr. on a New York street corner reunites his estranged and abused children, John, Jr. and Julia. While Julia struggles to keep things together on the home front, Junior, unhinged by his father's death, searches for the killer across the bleak, haunted landscape of his Staten Island hometown. Complicating Junior's pursuit are two police detectives: one, a former childhood friend; the other, a veteran cop who might have his own reasons to wish John, Sr. dead. Junior's emotional state crumbles under the pressure coming at him from every side. Bedding his high school sweetheart doesn't exactly simplify the situation. When the opportunity for revenge presents itself, Junior must decide whether he will continue the chain of violence that has nearly destroyed his life, or give in to the possibility of a new beginning. With emotional intensity, crackling dialogue and a heartfelt sense of place and character, Fresh Kills delivers unexpected and profound insights that speak to the soul of its struggling hero, and heralds a breakthrough voice in fiction.More
"Fresh Kills is an interesting hybrid, a well-written, fine-quality literary novel wrapped in the thriller genre....with well-developed characters and a terrific sense of place and time; it's also, in thriller terms, a great read." (John Sandford, author of Phantom Prey)
"Superb prose and psychological insights distinguish Loehfelm's debut.... Loehfelm excels in making Staten Island itself a palpable presence, brilliantly evoking the reek of the world's largest landfill that gives the novel its name, as well as the despair of the local residents." (Publishers Weekly)
"You've got to hand it to narrator Gary Wilmes. He loads protagonist John Sanders, Jr., with enough resentment for all of Staten Island, where Junior resides, and enough left over to cover one or two more boroughs for good measure." (AudioFile)
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