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 (cover image and synopsis from Netgalley)
One of my all time favorite movies is Fargo, so when the synopsis made reference to this being similar to the Coen brothers, I knew I had to read it. This comparison to the Coen brothers would be a pretty tall order to fill and I have to say Ms. Mason did it quite handily.
Buckle your seat belts ladies and gentleman because you are in for one heck of a roller coaster ride. This book has it all, mystery, suspense, humor and absolutely delightful writing style. Such detail and description! It is truly magical how the author was able to take these different characters and weave them into this intricate and twisting story.
No way this is a debut, but that it is. Bravo Ms. Mason. And might I add, I want more!!!!! I hope it’s not long before we get to see more of your writing.
I thank Gallery Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.
Publish date: February 12, 2013.