The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens

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The worst part of the novel is its too quick, too tidy and too predictable conclusion. It parrots the endings of Eskens’ first two books. What seems clear is that Eskens structured “The Heavens May Fall” to offer a path to a fourth novel.
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FEATURING THREE CHARACTERS FROM THE BESTSELLING BOOK-CLUB FAVORITE THE LIFE WE BURY, THIS NOVEL EXPLORES A RIVETING MURDER CASE TOLD FROM TWO OPPOSING PERSPECTIVES.
 
Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.
 
Max is still struggling with the death of his wife four years earlier, and the Pruitt case stirs up old memories. Boady hasn’t taken on a defense case since the death of an innocent client, a man Boady believes he could have saved but didn’t. Now he is back in court, with student Lila Nash at his side, and he’s determined to redeem himself for having failed in the past.
 
Vividly told from two opposing perspectives, the truth about the stunning death of Jennavieve Pruitt remains a mystery until the very end.


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About Allen Eskens

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Allen Eskens has been a criminal defense attorney for twenty years. He honed his creative writing skills through the MFA program at Minnesota State University as well as classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He is a member of the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime. He is currently working on a follow-up novel to The Life We Bury.


Author Residence: Cleveland, MN


Author Hometown: Cleveland, MN
 
Published October 4, 2016 by Seventh Street Books. 270 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 25 2016

Eskens keeps the reader guessing as the tale takes several unexpected twists before reaching the satisfying denouement.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Jim Spencer on Oct 03 2016

The worst part of the novel is its too quick, too tidy and too predictable conclusion. It parrots the endings of Eskens’ first two books. What seems clear is that Eskens structured “The Heavens May Fall” to offer a path to a fourth novel.

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