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The Long and Faraway Gone

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,646 Ratings  ·  865 Reviews
With the compelling narrative tension and psychological complexity of the works of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-nominee Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors—and the lengths they will go to find the ...more
Paperback, 454 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by William Morrow/HarperCollins
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Jennifer Masterson
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic novel! I was hooked right from the beginning and just loved it. "The Long and Faraway Gone" should be on everyone's to read list!!! The novel is about two separate tragic crimes that take place in Oklahoma in 1986 and how the survivors are still searching for answers in the year 2012. The character development is fantastic! I loved the two main characters, especially Wyatt. I rarely say this about a book but this should be made into a movie! I actually could picture Wyatt bei ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Long Ago and Far Away Gone by Lou Berney is a 2015 William Morrow/Harper Collins publication.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-

Wyatt is a private investigator who has been hired to check out the alleged harassment claims made by Candace Kilkenny, sister-in-law of another client. The case isn’t really all that worrisome on the surface, but the problem for Wyatt is that he’ll have to return to his home town of OKC, a place that holds dark memories for him- memories he’d rather not have floating to the f
James Thane
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very unique and beautifully written crime novel that examines the ways in which a single incident can alter the course of a life, the ways in which the past is always with us, and the power that our memories can hold over us.

Two separate tragedies occur in Oklahoma City in the summer of 1986. In the first, six young employees of a movie theater are shot to death in a robbery. One employee survives and is haunted by the memory of that night and by the question of why he alone was left
Kevin Kelsey
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: _library, read-2018
Posted at Heradas

“Sometimes the best lie was just the truth left to ripen on the branch too long."

I’m kind of a snob when it comes to physical books. There’s a very specific kind of trade paperback aesthetic that I just adore: A little shorter than a hardcover, thick ass pulpy paper, matte cover, very floppy. Think about the kind of book you can roll up a little while you’re reading, and when you set it down, it flops right back to flat. The lack of any sort of gloss coating on the covers and no
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book may be the perfect example of a character driven crime story.

In 1986 two major crimes occur in Oklahoma City. A robbery of a movie theater turns into a massacre. A beautiful teenager goes missing while attending a fair. Both events are major news, but as with most things time passes and eventually they’re forgotten. But not by Wyatt and Julianna.
Wyatt was the sole survivor of the movie theater staff, and 25 years later he’s changed his name and moved to Las Vegas where he’s a private i
It is a quiet Saturday, home alone, and I wanted to spend the time reading. No telephones, no people. It was just my luck that I have chosen this book.

This was my first encounter with Lou Berney's books. He wrote a mystery crime that turned out to be three mysteries rolled into one tale with enough oomph behind it to let me skip breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was snacks and coffee today. Then juice, then water, then some snacks again. I read everywhere I went. I noticed from my bedroom window
Paula Kalin
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All mystery fans
Recommended to Paula by: Margitte
You certainly get your money’s worth by reading The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney! This is a mystery crime novel that has three plots in one book. Winner of the Edgar, Macavity, Anthony, and Barry awards, this book is a real winner.

Private Investigator Wyatt is asked to leave his current home in Vegas and travel to Oklahoma City to help a young woman, Candace, with harassment problems in the night club she just inherited. Low and behold this is Wyatt’s boyhood home that he hasn’t stepped b
Larry H
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest: the first thing that drew me to Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone was the lettering of the title on its cover. (Admit it: it's happened to you before, too.) Because it looked similar to some other books I've enjoyed recently (particularly Marian Palaia's The Given World ), I was intrigued.

And then I started reading the book...and was instantly hooked. Holy wow, this book is fantastic.

"The past had power. The past was a riptide. That's why, if you had a brain in your head,
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I will start with saying that this was a really good book with a very interesting story or stories since it is actually two stories that parallel each other even though they take place in the same town.

Wyatt returns twenty-fives later to Oklahoma City. He has changed his name so we do not know among the people in the movie theater he was. If it weren't for his latest case would he probably have stayed as far away from Oklahoma City that could, but he owned a friend a favor so he is in the city a
Cathrine ☯️
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was ok

I was underwhelmed with this one. Two tragic events in two different lives that have haunted and twisted the years that follow. Both of the victims still searching for answers. Throw in a new PI case for one of the protagonists and we have a constant going back and forth between then and now, sometimes from one paragraph or sentence to another which I found annoying. Two case histories and three present day searches for answers which have nothing in common and barely intersect. Julianna's i
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Hook - I picked this up on the recommendation of my GR friend JenniferM. In addition to her 5 star endorsement, she also mentioned that she could picture Edward Norton playing the main character, Wyatt in the movie. Ed Norton. You got me!

The Line

Woven into the story this gravestone marker of Edward O’Kelley sent me on a quest to read more about him. This wikipedia site should provide enough information.
Edward Cap
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a hauntingly fantastic book, I read it a while ago and I still think about it. I can't believe it didn't get more attention! It's the tale of two different crimes and how it affects the future of the survivors. I think it would be particularly enjoyable for someone who is familiar with OKC as it's almost a central character in the story.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific mystery, but it is also the story of two people unable to move on from past tragedies until they get some resolution. It's not surprising that this author also writes screenplays, because this book would make a wonderful movie. In fact there is enough going on in this book for an entire television mini-series. There are three intricately plotted mysteries here, linked primarily by their setting in Oklahoma City and tangentially by the involvement of a Las Vegas private detecti ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Why me? Why did I survive when they are "all gone". Why? Why?

This novel is so specifically focused on six different unique and precise characterizations, that I could not go with my first 4 star rating instinct, but had to cave to a complete five by the end. It's nearly perfect. 4.5 star at least, with possibly a 1/2 star lost only in a minor degree to over length.

Rarely, rarely do crossover, but still basically mystery genre fare, those novels which include action or modern character studies i
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the summer of 1986 a small movie theatre in Oklahoma City becomes a deadly crime scene following a botched armed robbery. All but one of the employees are murdered by masked gunmen. Flash-forward to present day and the lone survivor - Wyatt Rivers - is working in Las Vegas as a private investigator. Now, Wyatt travels back to OKC, the town he left all those years ago, to look into claims of harassment by the niece of a frequent client.

That same summer in that same city, a young woman vanishes
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my book of the year. I’ve tried half a dozen different times to write out the reason why, and I may have to stop trying. I’ll just say: it’s been the right book at the right time. I don’t think I’ve stopped reading it since I got my hands on it. A year ago, something happened to me and my friends that is eerily similar to the opening chapter— obviously with a much better outcome. But my year took a shift, one I had to accommodate, into a world that I had to learn, and re-learn, and am st ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: award-winners
In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City: Six movie-theater employees were brutally killed in an armed robbery. A teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved. We meet the sole survivor of these separate tragedies: Wyatt and Julianna, who both want answers to help them move beyond their horrific memories. Well written, but meandering at times. Original plot lines with unique and memorable characters. Parallel stories with some tangential overla ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I had so much hope for this book based on the reviews from Goodreads, but it just fell short for me overall. If only the main characters would have "collided" a little more or had their pasts intersected, then this could have been a better book.
I hate mysteries that have conclusions that come outta left field, like it was almost a stretch... Well at least that is how I felt with this one.
Ugh....the basis of the book was so intriguing and I wanted a "blow your mind" ending, but it just didn't hap
JoAnne Pulcino

Lou Berney

I maybe should have made it a five!

THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE is a book written by an extremely talented author. He teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City University and is a successful television and film screen writer. This is one of the best crime fiction books I have read in a long time. I call it crime fiction, but it is in a category all its own with an intricate plot, original characters and fascinating story line.

Two tragedies
Kirk Smith
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: top-noire, oklahoma
There should be a word, a very nuanced word perhaps French,for how one feels when an author has written about your home,your city,with absolute clarity,deep understanding,and detailed exposure. One word where you feel: uncomfortable, intrigued, exposed, and proud all at the same time.***It is said that authors do well to "write what they know",and Berney does just that in accurately depicting Oklahoma City. All streets and locales are actual names and locations. This book could be used as a tou ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote a review, I pushed save, I don't know where it is, and I did not read it 2x.
One of those books that you ask yourself why you didn't read as soon as you laid your hands on it! Having now read The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney, I am wowed by its brilliant writing and unique story. Berney has taken two tragic events and shown readers how loss and survival can become overwhelming definitions to a life, a life lived in the shadow of enormous loss and guilt of survival. Answers to the "why" of tragedy often plague those left behind and prevent connection with the life l ...more
Karyn Niedert
The Long and Faraway Gone is an absolute killer of a mystery, or actually two mysteries, Lou Berney has treated us with in his latest thriller.

Oklahoma City, 1986 Two terrible tragedies rock the city. Six movie theater workers are killed in a robbery, only one worker survives the attack. In another part of the city, a young woman goes missing at a fair, and is never seen or heard from again.

Long introduces us to Wyatt, a Las Vegas based PI who's been hired to go to Oklahoma City to look into
Susan Albert
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-chiller
A quite remarkable novel, immensely enjoyable for its fully and deeply realized characters, strongly detailed setting, and beautifully drawn storylines. Two lead characters, both changed forever by events rooted in the past, two parallel searches for the why of things, intersecting only obliquely at the end--and all of it written with a confident, self-assured vitality that kept me reading long into the night. Thank you, Lou Berney. I'm a fan.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have had this book on my shelf since it was released and am ashamed to say I haven't picked it up until now. Two separate crimes take place over the same summer. The only connection is the town. As adults, two people affected by both crimes try to deal with their pasts. How will the truth affect them? I enjoyed this mystery. It was a quick read with the backdrop of the crimes but also a character study. I really enjoyed it.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great double mystery that changes the life of the private investigator. Little did he know what he had gotten himself into when he agreed to do an old friend a favor. Fast paced story with good characters.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I live in OKC. So it was funny to read about it.

Lou Bernie is not a terrible writer, although I don't think he's that great either. His transitions between scenes are kind of abrupt and not very well crafted, for example. In one scene Wyatt is talking to someone in a building and then in the next sentence he's suddenly and inexplicably outside by his car. I know these transitions are difficult... you don't want to have to read about a character walking down stairs, opening doors, ambling along
Jan 23, 2018 marked it as nook-tbr
nestled in my quarterly literary fiction box from pagehabit, still to be read, because i am the worst human ever.
Mark Stevens
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Long and Faraway Gone" won the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Paperback original and picked up a slew of other awards including the Barry, Macavity and Anthony.

I can see why.

This is “a novel.” It’s not billed as “a mystery” despite the genre-specific awards and even though the arcs of the two principal characters involve a haunting search for what happened? smack up alongside who done it?

And, most of all, why?

Two events drive the story, based on real life stories from Berney’s home state of Okl
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Lou Berney is the Edgar Award-winning author of November Road (coming October 2018 from William Morrow), The Long and Faraway Gone (2015), Whiplash River (2012), and Gutshot Straight (2010). His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, the New England Review, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

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