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What did you love best about Dry Bones in the Valley?
There may not be a better mystery writer publishing today. Mystery is well plotted without resorting to generic formulae. Characters, setting, and context are brought to life in literate prose. Rural Northeast Pennsylvania, with its methamphetamine labs and hydrofracking wells and contrast of newly rich landowners and down-and-out renters was richly described.
What other book might you compare Dry Bones in the Valley to and why?
Winter Bones, which brought the backwoods of Mississippi onto the big screen in a frighteningly realistic way. This book would make a great TV miniseries, like True Detective.
Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?
Henry Farrell was the everyman- impossible not to relate to him.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Total immersion. Love a book that takes me to a new place and introduces me to characters I feel I already know.
Any additional comments?
I understand this is a debut novel- I can see the seeds have been planted for sequels, and I am looking forward to them!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I come from Pennsylvania's coal country and the landscape, economic problems and alcoholism are all authentic. The more current issues of meth and fracking are new to me but handled with a resignation and understanding that seems just right. The narrator reads beautifully without acting. Reminiscent of George Guidall's handling of the Longmire stories. Very good story; hope it's the first of many.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I could listen to Joe Barrett read the telephone directory and so running though his back catalogue I came across Dry Bones which at the time hadn't been rated and so I thought I would give it a shot. The story I found a little confusing, probably because I have a terrible memory for names, but the characterisations and the descriptions in many instances blew me away... very well observed. I absolutely loved the writing style and look forward to the next book from Tom Bouman.