Three Graves Full

Three Graves Full

Hardback Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice

By (author) Jamie Mason

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  • Publisher: Thorndike Press
  • Format: Hardback | 457 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 28mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Detroit
  • ISBN 10: 1410458210
  • ISBN 13: 9781410458216
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Sales rank: 1,374,403

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For fans of the Coen brothers' films or for those who just love their thrillers with a dash of sharp humor--an engaging and offbeat story about a man driven to murder, who then buries the body in his backyard only to discover that there are two other shallow graves on his property.""There""is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard."" With this memorable first line, we meet Jason Getty, a regular guy in every mild sense of the word. But extraordinary circumstances push this ordinary man to do something he can't undo...and now he must live with the undeniable reality of his actions. And just as Jason "does" finally learn to live with it, a landscaper discovers a body on his property--only it's not the body Jason buried. As Jason's fragile peace begins to unravel, his life is hitched to the fortunes of several strangers: Leah, an abandoned woman looking for answers to her heartbreak; Tim, a small-town detective just doing his job; and Boyd, a fringe-dweller whose past is about to catch up to him--all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming. With the tense pacing of a thriller and the language and beauty of a fine literary novel, "Three Graves Full" heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in fiction.

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"New York Journal of Books "Review: "Three Graves Full" is an extraordinary debut novel that ensnares the reader in its web of suspense and ratchets up the anxiety with each chapter. Jamie Mason has created a very believable, sad sack of a character in Jason Getty. Getty leads a very unremarkable life until he makes the mistake of befriending a stranger. Garry Harris treats Jason like a sucker and eventually turns out to be Jason's worst nightmare. As their friendship devolves into an adversarial one, Jason is thrust into a situation forcing him to murder the man. Unable to think of a better way to dispose of the corpse, Jason decides to bury the body in the backyard of his home. Little does Jason know, but two other bodies are buried on the property as well. The police eventually become involved when landscapers discover the cadavers, and Jason rightly assumes his life is probably over; however, the author interjects a number of strange and interesting twists so that what was once perhaps predictable becomes ambiguous. Her ability to fully integrate action scenes into the story makes her book a thrilling read. Ms. Mason uses subtle, sometimes dark humor to liven up the macabre events. Her writing style is quite interesting and at times more suited to romance writing. But oddly, it works. For a new writer, she is adept at character development, allowing the reader a 360-degree view of each. She neatly ties up all the loose ends, leaving the reader with a satisfying conclusion. "Three Graves Full" is deep and dark, yet funny, a refreshing combination that snags the reader like a grappling hook--destined to become a success.--John M. Wills ""New York Journal of Books" "