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336 pages, Hardcover
First published May 3, 2016
”All of us are broken, John. I just think that once you’ve lost everything, maybe there’s nothing left to hold you back.”
These tokens—this currency that bought me a life here—are no good where I’m going, and for reasons I can’t put into words, I want to give him (Martin) this one thing. But the rules of unconditional friendship are foreign here. Trades keep us balanced. Favors tip the scales. If I don’t ask for something in return, he’ll doubt my motives.
”What are you doing here?” It’s the same question I asked her that night we talked in the break room. I’d only had two questions to trade, and this one had felt like a waste. But somewhere between then and now, I stopped counting.
Down the beach, I see her. Pink looks up at the stars and starts spinning.
”Complexity of character makes a crime drama more compelling and a mystery more difficult to solve. If readers are spoon-fed watered-down versions of heroes and villains, the answers become obvious and they’re left with nothing to chew.
When I sit down and write a mystery, my goal is to make readers think. I want them to question their presuppositions. I want them to doubt themselves until the very last page. Sometimes, that means turning our universal belief systems—right and wrong, good and bad, wicked and just—on their heads.
When we all strip down to what makes us universally human, telling the good guys from the bad guys isn’t always so clean-cut.”