Coal Run by Tawni O'Dell

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With her eagerly awaited second novel, Tawni O'Dell takes readers back to the coal-mining country of western Pennsylvania. Set in a town ravaged and haunted by a mine explosion that took the lives of 96 men, Coal Run explores the life of local deputy and erstwhile football legend, "The Great Ivan Z.," as he prepares for a former teammate's imminent release from prison. As the week unfolds and Ivan struggles to confront his demons, he reveals himself to be a man whose conscience is burdened by a long-held and shocking secret.


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Tawni O'Dell was born and raised in the Allegheny mountains of western Pennsylvania.
Published June 7, 2005 by NAL. 388 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After 16 years in Florida, Ivan Zoschenko has come back to Coal Run as deputy to its easygoing sheriff, who seems unfazed by his crippled knee and heavy drinking.

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There are many sympathetic characters in COAL RUN, including Ivan's beautiful and independent sister, Jolene, her sons, his mother, the local doctor and the ghost of Ivan's father, who looms large throughout.

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At first glance, O'Dell's characters seem plucked from central casting: Ivan, the football star who breaks a leg, loses his pro football contract, and slips into a life of boozing and drifting;

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