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Take one of the most famous missing persons of the 20th Century, a renowned New York State Governor, a 21st Century crazed Navy Captain, and place them in 1930 depression-riddled New York City, then toss in a 21st Century hotshot FBI undercover agent and you have the ingredients of a fast paced thriller that will keep you awake turning pages.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 270 pages
Published July 27th 2009 by (first published 2009)
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Rick F.
Jan 15, 2011 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
Splendidly written novel- exciting, superior characterization and a plot one simply cannot resist- a must read
May 27, 2010 Avgardella rated it really liked it
Set amidst the real corruption, scandal, and turmoil of New York City in the 1930's, Robert Pajer's "A Handful of Dust" is at its core, a love story. It's also a fast paced thriller, historical, and hard core sci-fi novel seasoned with intellectual depth for good measure. Be transported back in time with Matt Wells, FBI hero and All-American, whose perfect veneer hides a man broken by an adulterous affair and a tragic death. Meet the love interest, Ann Gannon, dedicated grade school teacher who ...more
Michael Walters
Dec 08, 2011 Michael Walters rated it really liked it
Interesting Time Travel story mixed with some true life mystery, that aims to rise above a simple "beach read".

Nicely researched book with a decent feel for the era. The author found a good balance between too much period trivia and not enough. Because I live in the Hudson Valley I was familiar with most of the areas and more than a few of the historical figures that made appearances in A Handful of Dust.

Some of the characters were not as fully developed as I would have liked, but then that is a
Jan 14, 2011 Earl rated it liked it
[I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. For a few days, I hadn't realized that I had somehow created a second account, and signed up for some giveaways under it. I think I got this book from that account, but I don't know. Anyway, I haven't been paid for this review in any way, other than receiving a copy of the book. That means that price was not taken in consideration for the review]

"A Handful of Dust" by Robert J. Pajer is a fairly standard time travel story about a FBI agent sent back
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Jan 12, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
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I was attracted to this author's First Read's "giveaway" because of the setting and characters he chose: New York City during the Great Depression and a plot featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Although I am not a fan of novels using the device of time-travel, Pajer used it effectively as a plot device. His story was both ambitious and promising but the historical elements lacked depth for me and felt a bit like they were pasted in the story. I really wanted to know more about the corrupt polit ...more
I was excited to win this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I really wanted to like it more than I did ... I mean it's all the things I love - historical fiction, mystery, set in the 30s and time travel!! For crying out loud, it's like he wrote the book for me. It did get better as the book progressed and had an ending that I liked very much. There were some issues with character development in the beginning that just didn't ring true. Decisions made didn't make sense to me which is as cl
Jan 24, 2016 Trisha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed, just couldn't get into it. It just wasn't interesting. The characters had feelings???? NO It didn't seem real.
The setting of this book was very interesting and after reading a bit, I found myself looking up the judge to learn more about his disappearance. I really like when that happens. I could tell there was quite a bit of research that went into the story. At times, I had a little trouble becoming immersed in the story but it might just be me. Overall, a good book.

Note: This book was provided through the GoodReads First Read program with the expectation of an honest review. My opinions are my own.
Jan 09, 2011 Pat rated it liked it
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I received this book as a Goodreads first-read. Somehow I usually see 1930 as black and white, probably because that's how the photos and movies of the time portray it. This book added a splash of color by showing a 21st century man's view of 1930. The story covered a lot of bases-science fiction time travel, mystery/thriller manhunt, and romance-so there were no dull moments. I especially enjoyed the glimpse of life in the early Depression years. I will be very interested in any future books by ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Marie rated it liked it
I did like the book. You have the good, the bad, corruption,and a love story.
I have a little trouble with time travel, but I did enjoy reading the book.
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Robert J. Pajer was born in Yonkers, New York. He has been a correspondent for Mini-World Magazine written in English for Japanese readers, and has written articles for American magazines that dealt with religious topics in American culture. A Handful of Dust is his first novel. He spent over 10 years researching the book while working a full-time job. A Handful of Dust is an incredible journey th ...more
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