After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets. (link)
The Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper
I haven’t read this book yet, but would like to. It sounds fascinating. This month’s chain was developed thru something like free association therapy! When you haven’t read the book you must use first thoughts or first impressions to build the chain.
1. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Four guys return to their hometown for a wedding. One has hit the big time like John Mellencamp once did from his Small Town.
My review is here
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Louis Zamperini faced the worst torment of all: Being thirsty and surrounded by undrinkable water–a weird type of drought.
3. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Eagan
Drought, erosion, environmental and economic destruction in the America of the Great Depression. This drought murdered many a hometown and took farming methods as it’s alibi.
4. Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
The opposite of draught is “the wet” and it has a great place in the story at the start of Meggie’s adult years.
5. Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Taylor and Turle will always have a bit of mystery surrounding their relationship and they start their life together heading to Arizona–about as dry a place as you can find. Bean Trees
6. The Big Chill [movie]
College friends from the 60s hit middle-age, sell-out and justify themselves at the funeral of a friend. An all-time favorite of mine.
Next month’s title is a brand new novel based on Alan Turing called Murmur.
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