you killed a man who needed killing and buried him in your backyard.
Then, months later, a landscaper uncovers a body—and then another—but
neither is the guy you did in. That's what happened to Jason Getty, who
now has to accommodate a police investigation while trying to hide his
own criminal activities.
There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard. Jason Getty had grown accustomed to the strangling night terrors, the randomly prickling palms, the bright, aching surges of adrenaline at the sight of Mrs. Truesdell's dog trotting across the lawn with some unidentifiable thing clamped in its jaws. It had been seventeen months since he'd sweated over the narrow trench he'd carved at the back border of his property; since he'd rolled the body out of the real world and into his dreams.—Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason (Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books, 2013, p. 1)
- Setting: small-town contemporary America (I think it's set in Oklahoma, but not sure yet)
- Circumstances: Jason, who is hiding a murder, is trying to stay at least one step ahead of the police, who are investigating two other murders just yards away from where he stashed the body
- Characters: Jason; Gary, the guy Jason killed; Tim Bayard, local detective; Sheriff Watts and his wife; other townsfolk; and the dog Tessa
- Genre: psychological thriller mixed with black humor
- Miscellaneous: multiple points of view, including the thoughts of the sheriff's dog; Indie Next pick for February 2013; likened to a Coen brothers film
- Audience: perfect for those who like twisty plots, quirky characters, and a little bit of weird
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