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Publisher's Summary

When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he's left on his uncle's farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible.
It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.
As he's drawn deeper into an adult world of corruption, scandal, and murder, Jasper uncovers the shocking past still chasing his mother - and now it's chasing him too.
©2016 D. M. Pulley (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 01-30-18

Truth Hurts

I am not glad I listened to this book. It is a dark, frustrating tale of abuse and poverty. Yet it was impossible to quit listening. I liken it to some tragic cinematic masterpiece like Schindler’s List.

The setting is rural Michigan in the 1950’s. I was born in 1955, so the relationships, family secrets, whispers are familiar and authentic. My extended family suffered minor scandals compared to this tale, but to this day my mother and her sisters refuse to answer our questions about their pasts. This where the frustration lies, a 9 year old boy is constantly seeking the truth about his mother and no one is talking.

Should you buy this novel? Yes if you love tragedies and great writing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cartec on 02-02-17


I thought The Dead Key was one of the best books I had read by this author, at least until I read this one. This story was complicated, and intricate to the point I worried how she was going to keep it all straight. She did and the results were a story that should taken to the screen. There was mystery, intrigue, ignorance, compassion, tension and fear. The author took the listener to a time in American life that anyone over the age of fifty can identify with but those under fifty can learn and be entertained. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. I will warn some that there is some child abuse in the story but it is an integral part of the story and could not be written out without the story suffering. The writer is adept in her inclusion that you understand why and how these things happened in fifties America. It went on it is necessary that we always be aware of some of the darker areas of our history.

Luke Daniels strikes again. He brought the book to life without being intrusive. I was hardly aware that he was there because the story was so intense. His performance was outstanding.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Honeybee on 03-01-18

The Buried Book

I would recommend this book to any one.
A good well thought out story. Told through a child’s eyes. Could not put it down.
The narrator was brilliant, bringing everything to life.
Hope they do many more together.

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