Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Three Graves Full: When Murder Goes From Bad to Worse

Three Graves Full
Author Jamie Mason
This title will be released on February 12, 2013.
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With this memorable first line, we meet Jason Getty, a regular guy in every mild sense of the word. But extraordinary circumstances push this ordinary man to do something he can’t undo...and now he must live with the undeniable reality of his actions. And just as Jason does finally learn to live with it, a landscaper discovers a body on his property—only it’s not the body Jason buried. As Jason’s fragile peace begins to unravel, his life is hitched to the fortunes of several strangers: Leah, an abandoned woman looking for answers to her heartbreak; Tim, a small-town detective just doing his job; and Boyd, a fringe-dweller whose past is about to catch up to him—all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming. With the tense pacing of a thriller and the language and beauty of a fine literary novel, Three Graves Full heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in fiction.
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.

Review:  Most books don't live up to the cover claims or blurbs, but I must agree, if you're a fan of the Coen brothers' films, specifically, Fargo, you'll likely enjoy Jamie Mason's Three Graves Full. Murder, bullying, detectives and a strange tangle of ironic twists, will only enhance a person's belief in the sixth degrees of separation theory. Shrouded in dark humor, this mash up, smash up, bumbling slippery, slimy mess keeps rolling all the way to the very end. Each character is designed, revealed and made believable by the slight imperfections that are easily relatable. No one believes they could find themselves wrapped in such a cluster of bad luck, but Mason presents it in such a way that even the deadly mishaps coated with morbid humor are believable.  Betting on human sympathy, Mason makes it hard to blame anyone specifically, and even though there are some clear-lined bad individuals, it's difficult to determine who is the master and the puppet. All actions have consequences and even the worst imaginable might just be justifiable. In the end, you'll be wondering if Jason Getty is just another poor sap that got what he deserved.
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* ARC provided by Gallery Books courtesy of NetGalley

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