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Nothing More Dangerous

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,871 ratings  ·  822 reviews
In a small town where loyalty to family and to “your people” carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition.

After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere ot
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Published November 12th 2019 by Mulholland Books
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

I don’t often cry at movies or while reading books, but I did with this one!! Also stayed up until 2:00 a.m., I had to finish it!

This is the third book that I’ve read by Mr. Eskens and every one has been a 5*, I wish I could give it more. This book gets everything right, the plot, the mystery, the character development, the quick and smooth flow of the prose, just WOW !! I felt so many emotions while readin
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens (Author), Kevin Stillwell (Narrator)

I really liked the character of fifteen year old Boady Sanden. He's a good, very intelligent, kid who is barely getting through school because he wants to get out of town as soon as he turns 16...he's not going to be here for graduation, he figures, since he is saving up all his part time job earnings, that he doesn't give to him mom for their bills, for the day he can leave. He knows his mom will miss him but is sure she
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5+ stars! 2019 Favourites List!

Boady (love that name!) is a fifteen-year-old boy who lives with his widowed mother on a remote dirt road in their small town. Hoke, an older man, lives next door and spends many hours with Boady having front porch chats and teaching life lessons. Boady finds himself caught up in a local missing woman’s case where he stumbles upon evidence that no child should be witness to.

Boady stole my heart! I loved everything about him and was fully invested in his journey fro
Susanne  Strong
5 Gut-Wrenching, Profound, Impactful and Incredibly Moving Stars.

Some novels immediately grab your attention by their thought provoking storylines. Some have incredible character development. Some have impact. Some make you smile and some are so moving that they bring you to tears. Allen Eskens’ new novel “Nothing More Dangerous” does all of the above.

Over the years, Allen Eskens has become one of my favorite authors. I have read all of his books - I love his characters and the way he writes.
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Traveling Friends December/January Pick!!

The title here draws from the quote, "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Allen Eskens draws on that ignorance and explores prejudice and racism as a way to explore his "own failing regarding notions of prejudice and racism" Taken from his author notes.

Nothing More Dangerous is a prequel to Allen Eskens other books. Boady Sanden is a law professor in The Life We B
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, this author has a true gift for crafting words. Like a literary painting. Allen Eskens has the ability of drawing in a reader so deeply you feel side-by-side with the characters, fully enmeshed in their every thought and movement.

Boady Sanden is somewhat of a loner in school. When he steps in to protect another student from bullies, he instantly puts a target on his back. That’s alright. In his heart he knows what he did was right and wouldn’t hesitate to repeat the action.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifteen-year-old Broady Sanden is growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother. He is also the new kid at St. Ignatius High School and the transition has not been an easy one. He has dreams of leaving one day and going out into the world, but for the time being, he is stuck going to school, working at his job, spending time with his neighbor, Hoke, who always seems to
Diane S ☔
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Prejudice and greed is very present in the 1970s, in this small Missouri town. The beginning opens with a missing black woman, who had worked is said to have made off with the money she stole, from the business where she worked. Her disappearance sparks and interest in a young teen, Broady. Before books end Broady, with the help of his black friend Thomas will uncover the truth. A truth more horrible than one can imagine. He will also learn a secret, that will change his young life.

Every author
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, best-of-2020
Five stars, best of 2020
Allen Eskens knows how to do small town dramas. This book, started decades before and just finished in 2019, follows Boady Sanden, a fifteen year old whose only dream is to escape his hometown of Jessup, Missouri, when he turns 16. It’s 1976, and there are definite rules as to sticking with your own kind. But Boady ignores them when Thomas Elgin moves in across the street. His father is the new manager of the large plastic manufacturer in town. The family also happens to
Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens is a 2019 Mulholland publication.

An impressive piece of literary crime fiction!

Set in the rural town of Jessup, Missouri during the 1970s, this novel is a compelling mystery, coupled with a poignant coming of age story, carrying a timely message.

Boady, a fifteen-year-old living with his widowed mother, experiences an awakening after a Black woman named Lida Poe, disappears after allegedly embezzling a tidy sum of money from the local manufacturing plant
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to tell you a little secret...Allen Eskens is one of my favorite authors for mystery thrillers. He is top notch, friends. I read and then listened to The Life We Bury, and I have kept going from there.

Nothing More Dangerous is his most recent book, and it’s a standalone. It’s set in a small town in the Ozarks and has characters who completely draw you in to the story from the start. Boady, a high school freshman, gets new neighbors across the road, including Thomas, another teen.

And then
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-crime
3.5 Stars

A lovely coming of age story set in a small Southern town called Jessup, Missouri in the 1970s. It’s a thought provoking and emotional read and just an all round good entertaining story

This is my second novel by this author and to be honest I fell for the cover of this book hook, line and sinker and was so glad the novel lived up to that stunning cover too. I enjoy southern fiction and small town tales and the element of suspense and mystery made this one quite a page turner.

I listen
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller, y-a
“Boady, the men who beat and murdered those people for all those years, do you think they simply disappeared because someone passed a law?”

An African-American woman, Lida Poe, goes missing in the small town of Jessup, Missouri in the 70’s. The town is painted in racism and composed of prejudice beliefs. Growing up in Jessup, teenage Boady Sanden considers himself an average young man and doesn’t realize the segregation and discrimination until he befriends his new neighbors and sees the reac
Justin Tate
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Under normal circumstances this would probably be a 4-star book. The writing is good, the message is good, the characters are pretty good, etc, but it struggled to capture my attention amid the swirl of 2020 gloom. This phenomenon has plagued my reading all year, and Allen Eskens is just another victim. But at least I finished! My boneyard of discarded books is growing to skyscraper levels.

As for Nothing More Dangerous, its problems lie in that we're walking on well-trodden territory. A child le
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
The Ozark woods and hills furnish the backdrop for this story set in the small town of Jessup, Missouri.  Fifteen year old Boady is not having a good time.  He does something that brings him into sharp focus for the mean stupid bullies at school, and all he wants to do is to get the hell out of Jessup.  You'll shake your head at the toxic Halcomb clan, the proverbial big fish in a too small pond.  They are biased, small-minded people.  Many a lesson is to be learned here.  Some words come at a p ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So very excited to have received a copy of this book by Allen Eskens! I so enjoyed two of his books. The Shadows We Hide and The Life We Bury made me an avid reader of this author's books. They are all filled with realism, with in depth characters, and with writing that was so relevant and important. Happy to say that Nothing More Dangerous also was a winner for me.

“But memories aren’t like photographs; they can’t halt the passing of time. Instead, they lay like footsteps along a path each dete

Allen Eskens leaves his thumbprint with all its grooves, with all its pressure, with all its impact on this thing we call humanity. He takes simple characters with giant shadows and weaves them into his fiction like no other. No stone is unturned until you breathe along with them in a certain cadence feeling the heroic and feeling the ones who live on the dark side of the moon. And he does it magically, once again, in Nothing More Dangerous.

Boady Sanden, a freshman in life as well
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, mystery
In Frog Hollow, a small Missouri town in the backwoods of the Ozark Hills, 15 year old Boady Sanden is ready to move on. His father died in an accident when Boady was very young and since then his mother has led a silent, reclusive life with all the joy sucked out of her. Their next door neighbour, Hoke Gardner has been a good friend to them both and always has time to chat with them on his porch or teach Boady some of the things his father would have shown him like fishing and mechanics. Nevert ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A haunting yet deeply moving coming-of-age story swirled in prejudice, guilt and grief.

Boady Sanden is a freshman at St. Ignatius High School in Jessup, Missouri. For the most part Boady is invisible, that is until he became a target of bullies, because he stuck up for an African-American girl in his class. When he is not at school or at work Boady loves to escape in the woods near his home on Frog Hollow Road fishing and exploring. Boady has no real friends, until Thomas Elgin and his f
3.5 stars: “Nothing More Dangerous” is billed as a coming-of-age story with a mystery element. It’s that, but with added blatant racial prejudice during the mid ‘70’s. It takes place in a small town in Missouri with the feel and freedoms of teens at the time. Yes, that time in our country’s history was idyllic in some ways, but in other ways, the horrendous racism, it was an appalling time. Author Allen Eskens combines those themes remarkably well.

Boady Sanden is a Freshman in a Catholic High Sc
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
5 spectacular stars

I’ve saved this review as I really don’t know how to do this book justice. I loved it, definitely in my top three reads of the year. I first read Alan Esken’s book “The Life We Bury” in December 2018 and I rated it “read this book now 5 stars” and then I read “The Shadows We Hide” later that month. Also gave that one a five-star review. I sense a trend here; this is a fabulous author and I will eagerly read everything he writes. I’m waiting on the Joe Talbert #3 book 😊 in the
Fifteen-year-old Boady Sanden had his plans made. At sixteen years old he would leave Jessup, Missouri, never to return. His high-school freshman year at St. Ignatius High School did not go too well, being the new kid on the block. CORPS(Crusaders Of Racial Purity and Strength) had its tentacles everywhere, even in school, and he had to survive without telling his widowed-mom or his neighbor, Mr. Hoke Garner, what was really happening.

The town had its secrets, as well as enough people needed to
Jonathan K
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A master storyteller, Allen Eskens ranks high with other crime and suspense authors. Rather than muck up a story with tons of irrelevant details, he paints a picture of racism in Missouri with a dash of coming of age and detective work by a the central character, Boady. As the tale unravels, momentum builds and with it illumination of details. Characters are well developed but not overdone, pacing is perfect and the climax fitting. I plan to read others by this author, rest assured!
Judy D Collins
Check out my fascinating Q&A with Allen Eskens and get exclusive behind the scenes from NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS, plus fun facts about the author.

Brilliantly told, a stunning literary, mystery, suspense, historical fiction, and coming-of-age combo that will blow you away. His best yet! My Top Books of 2019. 📚🙌 If you read only one book this year, choose NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS!

I wish I could give this 10 STARS. 🌟 Movie-Worthy. 🎬 (or better a TV series). The author hits a home run and checks
Patrice Hoffman
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's nothing more dangerous than devouring a book and suddenly finding yourself begrudgingly glaring at the stack of "to-read" books because you know few of them will leave you wishing the story didn't have to end. I'm in that place where I know I will miss Boady narrating his life in the rural Ozark hills and I loathe the hole finishing Nothing More Dangerous has left behind.

Allen Eskens introduces readers to Boady Sanden recounting the life lessons he learned in Jessup, Missouri. Boady reca
Set in rural Missouri in 1975, this is the story of exclusion, class and race. Missouri was a slave state (The 1820 Missouri Compromise), although many may not associate it with the Confederacy, it was, for a time, part of both the Union and the Confederacy.

Boady is a poor white kid, his mother a widow. At the end of his freshman year of high school, new neighbors move in. They're a middle class Black family from Minneapolis. The father has been sent down to straighten out things at a local fac
Kerrin P
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing More Dangerous is the second Allen Eskens book I have read. The first was The Life We Bury in which Boady Sanden, a law professor, is a minor character. In Nothing More Dangerous, Boady is a 15-year-old boy who has no intention of going to college. His only goal is to save enough money from working at a local drywall business so that he can run away when he is 16 from t
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impactful, atmospheric, and hauntingly realistic!

In this latest novel by Eskens, Nothing More Dangerous, he transports us to Jessup, Missouri, a small, midwestern town that suddenly finds itself turned upside down when an unsolved case of embezzlement, a missing, young, African-American employee, depressing economics, and a strong underlying racist mentality tests and unearths all the hidden, longstanding alliances, relationships, and friendships within it.

The prose is gritty and descriptive. Th
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"—Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Eskens has written a heartfelt, coming-of-age story about 15-year-old Boady Sanden. Boady lives with his widowed mother in Jessup, Missouri. He is a scrawny kid, attending the catholic St. Ignatius High School even though he is not catholic. He has a part-time job with a drywall contractor and even helps his mother around the house. What he doesn’t have are friends. As a res
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Allen Eskens is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, the Deep Dark Descending and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award, Minnesota Book Award, and the Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His work had been published in 21 languages and h ...more

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