27 August 2013

Today's Read: Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

Three Graves Full by Jamie MasonSuppose 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)

Quick Facts
  • 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
ISBN-13: 9781451685046
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20 comments:

Laurie C 8/27/13, 6:35 AM  

So excited to see your mention of this title on Twitter. I read and reviewed Three Graves Full pre-pub and I was hoping it would be a sleeper hit, but then felt as though I didn't see it mentioned too often. I definitely fit the audience you mention for the book, though!

Kathy Martin 8/27/13, 8:08 AM  

Sounds like he has a real dilemma. My teasers this week are from Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst and A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway. Happy reading!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 8/27/13, 8:29 AM  

Ooh, love the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

Barbara 8/27/13, 10:36 AM  

I was thinking favorably about this one until you mentioned Coen Brothers film similarity. Sorry, I can't stand their films.

JoAnn 8/27/13, 10:57 AM  

This is the first I've heard of this title, but it sure sounds like fun!

Carol 8/27/13, 11:00 AM  

This sounds like one I should like, but it just doesn't grab me.

Heather 8/27/13, 11:36 AM  

Sounds like one I might like! My teaser: Whiskey Beach

Too Fond 8/27/13, 12:03 PM  

I had some issues with this one but overall I liked it, and I LOVED the dog. :)

Tiffany Drew 8/27/13, 12:24 PM  

That's one heck of a first page. I already had this on my wish list so it looks like I'll be bumping it up to the top.

My Teaser

Anita 8/27/13, 12:40 PM  

So you're still reading this one? Sounds interesting.

Margot 8/27/13, 1:16 PM  

I know this is probably a serious crime novel, but the plot seems humorous to me. Where's the body the guy killed? I'd read just to follow Jason's reactions.

Daryl 8/27/13, 2:13 PM  

except for the dog thoughts it sounds good ... just finished Robert Ferrigno's The Girl Who Cried Wolf .. i really like Ferrigno's earlier books but his Assassin trilogy was good too

Karen and Gerard 8/27/13, 8:07 PM  

Sounds creepy, bet my husband would like this one!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 8/27/13, 8:11 PM  

Hmm...seems creepy enough for fall. Enjoy and on the list it goes.

Nise' 8/27/13, 9:51 PM  

Sounds like my kind of book. I saw it at the library, but did not pick it up.

Julie P. 8/28/13, 7:40 AM  

Quirky is the perfect word for the characters in this book!

Tea norman 8/28/13, 10:39 AM  

He murdered one. Then, ended up with two he didn't murder while the first man is still missing??? Is murder ever funny? This one makes me chuckle. Lol. Would love to read it.

Sue St Clair 8/28/13, 12:27 PM  

Sounds like a fun read :)

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 8/29/13, 2:27 AM  

Black humor and a psychological thriller -- sounds like the book for me!

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