Three Graves Full

Three Graves Full


By (author) Jamie Mason

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  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Format: Hardback | 307 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 30mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 12 February 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1451685033
  • ISBN 13: 9781451685039
  • Sales rank: 576,666

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A "Library Journal" Best Book of 2013! A "Booklist" Best Crime Novel of 2013!"" "There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard. But it could always be worse..." More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he'd never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he's learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he's done, police unearth two bodies on his property--neither of which is the one Jason buried. Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime, and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers. A jilted woman searches for her lost fiance, a fringe dweller runs from a past that's quickly gaining on him, and a couple of earnest local detectives piece clues together with the help of a volunteer police dog--all in the shadow of a dead man who had it coming. As the action unfolds, each character discovers that knowing more than one side of the story doesn't necessarily rule out a deadly margin of error. Jamie Mason's irrepressible debut is a macabre, darkly humorous tale with the thoughtful beauty of a literary novel, the tense pacing of a thriller, and a clever twist of suspense.

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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" "