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Damnation Falls

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ADVENTURE / THRILLER. Randall Wilkes, his big-city journalism career in ruins, has returned after twenty years to Pilgrim's Rest, the Tennessee hill town where he grew up. He has taken on a lucrative but low-prestige writing job for Sonny McMahan, a former governor and Randall's boyhood friend, whose own career is under a shadow. Faye McMahan, Sonny's mother, is addled wit ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 20th 2007 by Orion (first published 2007)
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Lourdes Venard
Jan 06, 2011 Lourdes Venard rated it it was amazing
Randall Wilkes has returned to his small hometown of Pilgrim's Rest after journalistic disgrace in Chicago. With no job, he agrees to write a biography for his friend, the former Gov. Sonny McMahan. But those plans soon go awry after Sonny's mother, Faye, and her caretaker are found dead by Randall -- Faye at Damnation Falls.

Before her death, Faye, who had dementia, had uttered what seemed gibberish to Sonny about her husband, Blue, who disappeared years ago, and the bones of Civil War soldiers
DAMNATION FALLS (Unlicensed Investigator-Tennessee-Cont) - VG
Wright, Edward – Standalone
Orion Books, UK Hardcover, 2007 – ISBN: 9780752885797

First Sentence: All through my growing-up, my father and I would often tramp through the woods around our small Tennessee town.

*** Randall Wilkes, whose career as a Chicago newspaperman has gone up in flames, has come back to his small home town of Pilgrim’s Rest, Tennessee. He has agreed to ghost write the autobiography of his boyhood friend and former sta
Lynne Perednia
Jan 15, 2011 Lynne Perednia rated it really liked it
A great character study with several father-son relationships disguised as a mystery. Randall is a disgraced Chicago newspaper columnist who comes back to small-town Tennessee to write a memoir of his childhood best friend, former governor and big talker Sonny.

Randall nearly has no relationship with his own father, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, but loved tagging along with Sonny and his ne'er-do-well father, Blue. The former carny has been reported drowned. Sonny's beloved mother, who is s
Jan 07, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
TITLE: Damnation Falls
DATE READ: 01/01/11
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Mystery/2008/St. Martin's Press/339 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Early 2000's/TN
CHARACTERS: Randall Wilkes/journalist
FIRST LINES: All trhough my growing-up years,my father & I would sometimes explore the woods around our small Tennessee town, Pilgrim's Rest.
COMMENTS: Randall Wilkes is a fallen-from-grace journalist, exposed for manufacturing a feature story & representi
Mar 14, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it
Disgraced Chicago newspaper columnist Randall Wilkes returns to his hometown in eastern Tennessee to write bio of childhood friend, now wannabe governor, in this atmospheric Southern tale. Intermingles mystery of Civil War-era atrocity called the Burning, fueling plans for a study center headed by Wilkes' famous historian father, with a murder from Wilkes' high school days, which sparks contemporary murders of those involved. Richly layered first person narration by journalist fired for lying. W ...more
Neil Troy
Oct 05, 2010 Neil Troy rated it liked it
The book is a pretty good read involving the mystery of a little town and an event from the Civil War called the burning. The author does make the mistake of putting Knoxville in the wrong corner of the state though.
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Good weekend read with excellent characterizations. Being from Tennessee where the book is set, I also enjoyed the personal connection.
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Ed Wright grew up in Arkansas, where his father sold hardware and his mother raised three children and taught arts and crafts. He has degrees from Vanderbilt University (honors, English literature) and Northwestern University (master’s, journalism). He was an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard destroyers for three years. His first major career was journalism, and he worked as an editor at the Chicag ...more
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