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Allen Eskens
Allen Eskens grew up in the wooded hills of Missouri and, after high school, migrated north to pursue his education. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. He honed his creative writing skills in... show more



Allen Eskens grew up in the wooded hills of Missouri and, after high school, migrated north to pursue his education. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. He honed his creative writing skills in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University and took classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. THE HEAVENS MAY FALL is Allen's third novel and it features three characters from his bestselling, book-club favorite THE LIFE WE BURY. THE HEAVENS MAY FALL explores a riveting murder case told from two opposing perspectives. Detective Max Rupert and attorney, Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons. The truth about the stunning death of Jennavieve Pruitt remains a mystery until the very end.THE LIFE WE BURY, Allen's debut offering, was named the Best Debut Novel of 2014 at the Left Coast Crime Conference, winning the Rosebud Award. The Life We Bury was named a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Thriller Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. It was also named a finalist for the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original novel and the Minnesota Book Award for Best Genre Fiction.THE GUISE OF ANOTHER, Allen's follow-up novel, tells the story of Max Rupert (one of the secondary characters from The Life We Bury) and his brother Alexander. Both are detectives with the Minneapolis Police Department and both get pulled into a dangerous cat-and-mouse hunt for the truth about a dead man with a secret past.

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Uniquely Portable Magic
Uniquely Portable Magic rated it 1 year ago
My friend Kim gifted me this book and she obviously knows my taste as I really enjoyed it. While I've seen some online reference to this book being a thriller, I would consider this more of a mystery. There are some twists but nothing truly shocking and the story is more about putting puzzle piece...
Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it 4 years ago
“The Guise Of Another” was a very disappointing read. It was a book I persevered with rather than savoured.It started as a fairly conventional police procedural novel, albeit with the original premise of finding that the victim of a fatal car accident had been living “in the guise of another”. The p...
Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it 5 years ago
"The Life We Bury" is a rare thing: a thoughtful, well-written novel, with a main character who has some depth, wrapped around a satisfying mystery, that delivers an emotional punch as well as moments of tense drama. It's also a perfect audiobook. A story told directly to the reader by the main ch...
JDCMustReadBooks
JDCMustReadBooks rated it 5 years ago
By: Allen Eskens ISBN: 1633882055 Publisher: Seventh Street Books Publication Date: 10/4/2016 Format: Other My Rating: 5 Stars A special thank you to Edelweiss and Seventh Street Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Allen Eskens, a superb talent at building suspense— returns follow...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it 5 years ago
Alexander Rupert is under federal investigation for suspicion of corruption, since he was awarded the Medal of Valor instead of suspension he’s been shoved off to the fraud department. So when he gets a case to look into a car-accident where the victim, James Putnam, was a man who died 15 years ear...
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