The Life We Bury

The Life We Bury

Large Print - 2016
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College student Joe Talbert has an assignment to interview a stranger and write a brief biography. With deadlines looming, he heads to a nearby nursing home. Carl Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran -- and a convicted murderer. Writing about him, Joe can't reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict, and tries to uncover the truth.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410493415
Branch Call Number: LP ESKEN-A
Characteristics: large print
461 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Oct 11, 2017

A decent thriller with easy-to-understand prose. Fairly predictable, but I enjoyed the character development and the story as a whole.

Oct 09, 2017

An engrossing story of investigation -- of a 30 year old crime and of a developing relationship between an aging, dying convict and a young student who sets out to tell the old man's story. Well developed secondary characters and a briskly moving bit of suspense in the later pages. The book starts slowly and gains momentum as it goes.

Aug 28, 2017

Today my book club discussed this book; we all liked it, could hardly put it down. I grew up in Minnesota and, like the protagonist, went to the University of Minnesota. When I read in the book about the cold walk on the bridge across the Mississippi, I have cold memories. Weather is almost a character in the novel, as mentioned in the publisher's website, Yes, Minnesota has long, cold, brutal winters. It also has beautiful lakes and mild summers, not mentioned in this book.

The book has several fortunate, unrealistic episodes, but, after all, we like fiction to be kinder than life.

The author's website is interesting:

Take away thoughts: the Vietnam War was bad. Alcoholism is bad. Loving relationships are good. Education is good.

Aug 25, 2017

Joe Talbert is a deeply developed and likeable character struggling to get through college while the odds are stacked heavily against him. An English class assignment takes him to Carl, a murderer dying of cancer in a rest home, and as Joe becomes engrossed in the details of Carl's crime his dysfunctional alcoholic mother and autistic brother add tension that keeps this novel fast paced and engrossing. His growing relationship with a troubled fellow student and the convicted killer brings the story to a satisfying conclusion after delivering plenty of page-turning action. I highly recommend it.

Jul 05, 2017

main characters are likeable, story line fairly suspenseful but very predictable, fast read

Jun 28, 2017

Very interesting with lots of twists & turns

Jun 09, 2017

This is an excellent mystery / suspense novel. I really envy authors like Mr. Eskens who write skillfully but with such finesse, and the patience to choose just the right word or phrase.

Apr 20, 2017

Joe Talbert leaves his autistic brother in the unreliable hands of his alcoholic, dysfunctional mother as he struggles to make a new life for himself. He enrolls in college and works as bouncer to pay the tuition fees. When he arrives at the registrar's office, he finds all the decent English classes are full. With no other options, he signs up for a biography class that requires him to interview a complete stranger. He heads to a nearby nursing home and ends up interviewing Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran and convicted murderer. As Joe looks into this man's past, he uncovers disturbing truths about the case - and his own heart.

Mar 09, 2017

Definitely a page turner. Compelling storyline and well written for a debut novel. Looking forward to what he does next.

Feb 18, 2017

A great read! Hard to put down. Will look for more by this author.

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