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When it all Comes Down to Dust

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A MYSTERY PEOPLE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

Laura Ponto wouldn't mind watching Frank del Rio being strapped to the executioner's gurney, even if her job is to find mitigating evidence in death penalty cases. Frank's not a client, but a long time ago he did unspeakable things to children - and Laura was one of them.

Now Frank is being released on parole, and they will both learn
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Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 2012 by Cracked Sidewalk Press (first published January 10th 2012)
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James Thane
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction, noir
Laura Ponto is an ex-cop with a short fuse, a trait that has gotten her into trouble on more than one occasion. Now she's working for the Federal Public Defender's Office in Phoenix, and her job is to try to find evidence in death penalty cases that might spare the lives of convicted killers. But she feels no such compassion for Frank Del Rio, who years ago was convicted and sent to prison for committing sexual crimes against children. One of his victims was Laura herself, and when Del Rio is pa ...more
Josh
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN TO DUST is a wholly engrossing tale of three lives connected by a single event – a moment in time that bloodies the definition of predator and victim.

Laura – a fractured protagonist whose iron will and determination creates a façade of normalcy to an anything but normal life. Author Barry Graham couldn’t have defined this character any better. Laura will draw upon all your emotions as her sordid past is sliced open with revelation after revelation building and knocking do
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Benoit Lelièvre
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first thing that came up to my mind when I finished WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN TO DUST is that I'm glad that people like Barry Graham exist. People who keep things in perspective and who understand that life is complex and flowing thing, like a river. Even better, he wrote a book of fiction about it to make his point.

WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN TO DUST is part novel, part character study and part existential meditation on loneliness and loves. It's an ambitious novel (that's sometime a little too amb
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Jack
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book full of psychologically disturbed characters and their interactions, ultimately left me a bit unsettled. ...more
John
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Warning, don't buy a stack of Barry Graham's books and start them on a Saturday night, because when you look up it will be Monday morning and you've just read through the lot of them! Compelling in such a way that you breath the dust of the Southwest, feel the lives of the characters and get lost in the at times hopeless but always riveting lives they lead. Why this absolute gem of a book and author are not more well known is beyond me.
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Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good. Although sexy beautiful female cop with an attitude has been done. She couldn't be fat or have bad teeth?
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Barry Graham is what Foucault called an Author Function.

More than a dozen books.

Published in magazines including Harper's, Salon, Narratively, PANK, Northwords Now, Flaunt, Parabola, The Big Click and Nerve.