If you ask me, what makes a book riveting isn’t about plot. It’s all about character and place, and there are few better at creating these compelling story elements than John Carenen. Thomas O’Shea is a protagonist worth rooting for, and with Rockwell, Iowa, Carenen nails the heart and spirit of every Midwest small town. The Face on the Other Side may deal with drugs and gangs, but it’s O’Shea himself—move over, Jack Reacher!—and the marvelous cast of characters around him who fuel this breakneck story. If you’re looking for the best in Midwest noir, look no further.
If you like the works of Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiasson, and Steve Brewer, you will love The Face on the Other Side... This third book in the Thomas O’Shea mystery series will have you begging for more...
Carenen has done it again. The setup, small-town Iowa and the murder of a young Native American woman, grabbed me from the start, but it was the voice of Carenen’s main character O’Shea that kept me turning pages far into the night. Thomas O’Shea is wise, tough, funny and surprisingly compassionate an action hero with a moral compass as robust as the man himself. Beautifully written, with a cast of quirky secondary characters who could walk off the page, A Far Gone Night doesn’t disappoint.
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