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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 fiancé, 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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Three Graves Full
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January 31st, 2014
I loved this book. The writing style keeps things moving along, and drew me in right from the start. It begins at a relatively normal pace, but as you read, the pace keeps picking up as new twists and turns are revealed. You find yourself racing along with it and you can't put the book aside because you want to find out how each new piece of information is resolved. The story is very inventive and the reader is by turns sympathetic and frustrated by certain characters. Nearing the end of the book, I was holding my breath with the tension. But there is enough humor, as well as lovely moments to slow down and enjoy, such as the detective who discovers something about himself in the special and bonding relationship with his new partner. This book is as much about relationships and as it is about individual characters. I can't wait for Jamie Mason's next ingenious tale.
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