The Life We Bury

The Life We Bury

A Novel

Book - 2014
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College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson,a dying Vietnam veteran-- and a convicted murderer, medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. Unable to reconcile Carl's valor in Vietnam with the despicable acts of the convict, Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781616149987
1616149981
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 21 cm

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ellenorndorf
Apr 20, 2021

Book by local author about a young man who has a brother with a autistic brother and a mother who doesn't take care of either of them. Joe solves a mystery about a Vietnam vet. Its ok.

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shorty_rae1977
Dec 18, 2020

The book follows the story of college student Joe Talbert who is tasked with interviewing a stranger and writing a biography for his English class. He chooses to go to a nearby nursing home where he meets Carl Iverson. Iverson is a convicted murderer who has been paroled due to the fact that he has stage four pancreatic cancer and only has a few months to live. Carl spent 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of his 14 year old neighbor back in 1980. As Carl's story unfolds, Joe learns that he spent time in Vietnam and was awarded the purple heart and was honorably discharged. The story was very compelling and drew me in. I am looking forward to reading more of Allen Eskens' work.

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K_Grant
Dec 08, 2020

If you like to read to escape how horrible the world can be, then this book is not for you. The Life We Bury is an intense novel.
Joe Talvert is a college student whose English class assignment leads him to a nursing home to interview and write a stranger’s biography. He meets Carl Iverson a dying Vietnam veteran and convicted murder. As Joe writes about Carl’s life his neighbor/crush Lila and he start to uncover the truth. All while Joe deals with a dysfunctional alcoholic mother, cares for his autistic brother, and being haunted by his own childhood memory. While Joe and Lila get closer to the truth and unravel Carl’s conviction the suspense builds, the stakes get higher, and the twists take sharper turns. The pages keep turning and your interest grows until the explosives ending. Highly recommend if you’re in the mood for a mystery.

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readinJC
Oct 13, 2020

Excellent mystery, great characters. I have loved every one of Allen Eskens books!

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IMRichard
Sep 09, 2020

Very enjoyable book. I am going to read more books by this author.

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MillieBT
Jul 31, 2020

I could not put this book down....amazing.....will read more by this author!!!!!!!!!!

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Mahala
Jul 28, 2020

I give this book 5 stars in the fact that I felt every emotion while listening to it. the story is engaging, heart warming and kept me on the edge of my seat with the action. truly enjoyed this book. Highly recommend

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Mahala
Mar 20, 2020

I give this book 5 stars in the fact that I felt every emotion while listening to it. the story is engaging, heart warming and kept me on the edge of my seat with the action. truly enjoyed this book. Highly recommend.

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jontalk
Feb 02, 2020

Having read "Nothing More Dangerous", recently I was moved to read more by this author having it enjoyed it thoroughly. This story is exemplary of a great author, hitting all important elements of engagement. A continually evolving plot, unique characters we can relate with and suspense, the addition of unexpected curve balls towards the end make it a winner! Great characters transform in many ways and the protagonist embraces change and lives up to the term 'hero'. Heart warming, intriguing and evocative, this story engages the reader at all levels. Highly recommended for mystery lovers, but equally so for those who enjoy a great story

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janem2
Jan 27, 2020

loved it

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