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Wright, Edward

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ISBN 10: 0312380011 / ISBN 13: 9780312380014
Published by Minotaur Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2008
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A 339 page thriller set in rural Tennessee. SIGNED and dated by the author on the title page. 2008 Barry Award-winner for Best British Crime Novel. First edition, first printing. New and unread. Dust jacket is enclosed in a clear mylar cover. Book will be carefully packed and shipped in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 14991

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Publisher: Minotaur Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Randall Wilkes, his big-city journalism career in ruins, has returned after twenty years to Pilgrim’s Rest, the Tennessee hill town where he grew up. He has taken on a lucrative but low-prestige writing job for Sonny McMahan, a former governor and Randall’s boyhood friend, whose own career is under a shadow and who needs a ghost-written autobiography to ease his way back into politics. Randall encounters Faye McMahan, Sonny's mother, who is addled with age, imagining that her dead husband is alive and worrying that her son might be in danger. Hours later, amid a violent autumn storm, Randall finds Faye murdered, hanging by the neck from a bridge over the town landmark called Damnation Falls. Within days, a second murder, even more grisly than the first, targets another member of the McMahan clan. And the bones of a third, long-buried murder victim –a young woman—emerge from the earth.
         Randall has ties to all the victims, and the murders force him to acknowledge debts that go back decades. Drawing on his investigative skills and his roots in the region, he sets out to discover who is behind the killings. His search takes him from the flatlands of the Mississippi delta to the Great Smoky Mountains in the east. Tennessee is a state that was split by the Civil War, where history still lies close to the surface, and tales of murder and betrayal have weighed heavily on the town of Pilgrim's Rest. Before all the answers are in, more people will die, an old score will be settled, and the dead will finally tell their stories.

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   "Damnation Falls" represents a couple of firsts for me. It's my first non-series mystery, following the three John Ray Horn novels. It's also my first contemporary story (the earlier books are set in the Los Angeles of the 1940s). It's special to me in that it's my only novel so far set in the South, the region where I grew up. Some of the personal connections are obvious: The protagonist, Randall Wilkes, is a Southern boy who graduates from Vanderbilt University, as I did, and then pursues a newspaper career in Chicago, as I did. After his career spectacularly flames out (a fate I managed to avoid, I'm happy to say), he returns to the small town where he grew up, in an attempt to see how much has changed, both in the town and in himself. On the night he returns, the story takes a horrific turn, one I'll leave to the reader to discover.
   I too have been back to the South several times, and each time I find some things changed but the most important things, such as a strong sense of identity and community, still the same. Those who know Tennessee may recognize locations I've borrowed for the novel. The place I call the Colony is based in almost every detail on a spot called Beersheba Springs, a collection of vacation homes, all more than a century old, set on a bluff with a spectacular view. My wife and I were fortunate to meet one of the residents, who gave us the grand tour of the home he was restoring. His place is the model for Wilkes Cottage in the novel, where Randall's father lives. 
   "Damnation Falls" is about many things, among them a search through the past, the strengh of family, and the meaning of friendship. At some point while I was working on the book, I realized that one of the most pervasive themes was that of fathers and sons. That was when I decided to dedicate it to my father.

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