Nothing more dangerous : a novel / Allen Eskens.

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      Summary: 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 other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn't being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him. Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins-a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history-forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle. But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world. As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town, and he is forced to choose sides.
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      ESKENS, A. Nothing more dangerous : a novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2019. ISBN 9780316509725. Disponível em: Acesso em: 19 set. 2020.
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      Eskens A. Nothing More Dangerous : A Novel. First edition. Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company; 2019. Accessed September 19, 2020.
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      Eskens, A. (2019). Nothing more dangerous : a novel (First edition.). Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company.
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      Eskens, Allen. 2019. Nothing More Dangerous : A Novel. First edition. Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company.
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      Eskens, A. (2019) Nothing more dangerous : a novel. First edition. Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company. Available at: (Accessed: 19 September 2020).
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      Eskens, A 2019, Nothing more dangerous : a novel, First edition., Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, viewed 19 September 2020, .
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      Eskens, Allen. Nothing More Dangerous : A Novel. First edition., Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Eskens, Allen. Nothing More Dangerous : A Novel. First edition. Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
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      Eskens A. Nothing more dangerous : a novel [Internet]. First edition. Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company; 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 19]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2

For 15-year-old Boady, it begins when Lida Poe absconds with $168,000 in embezzled cash. No one knows where she has gone until Boady discovers her body with a bullet hole in its forehead. One mystery solved, but another looms: Who killed her? Meanwhile, an African American family, the Elgins, moves in across the road. Mr. Elgin has been sent to manage the local plastics plant, dislodging the former manager, an incompetent good old boy. It being 1976 in a small Ozarks town, the shadow of Jim Crow still looms, and the Elgins are less than welcome. Nevertheless, their son, Thomas, becomes Boady's best friend. Other mysteries soon present themselves, some endangering Boady and Thomas, who land in the thick of the various intrigues. Eskens does an excellent job of weaving these disparate threads together into a fine blend of mystery and coming-of-age novel. The setting is spot-on, the characters are empathetic and well realized, and the plot is clever and compelling, building suspense until a harrowing denouement reveals all. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 June

Since the 2014 publication of his light-up-the-sky debut, The Life We Bury, Eskens has won two Barry awards and Edgar, Thriller, and Anthony finalist nods. His new work features white high school boy Boady Sanden, ready to break out of his constricted Ozarks life, whose worldview is changed when African American Thomas Elgin moves in across the street and an African American woman who works at the local plastic factory vanishes. A story of a race and class-splintered community in rural America that's more than a mystery and feels like a breakout.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2019 October

In 1976, Boady Sanden is 15 when African American bookkeeper Lida Poe goes missing from Jessup, MO. Lida worked at Ryke Manufacturing, the largest employer in Jessup. When she disappeared, so did a large sum of money. White teen Boady is more concerned with surviving his first year of high school. A trio of seniors, led by Jarvis Halcomb, plan to pick on the only black girl in school, but Boady trips them up. The Halcombs don't forget, so when Boady befriends Thomas, the son of his new black neighbors, both boys become targets. In a summer of terror, a small group of men from the CORPS (Crusaders of Racial Purity and Strength), led by the Halcombs, set their sights on the families on Boady's country road. VERDICT This powerful, unforgettable crime novel is a coming-of-age book to rival some of the best, such as William Kent Krueger's Ordinary Grace or Larry Watson's Montana 1948. While Eskens's books are not part of a series, his readers will recognize Boady as an adult character in two of his earlier books, including the award-winning The Life We Bury. This timely stand-alone is a must-read for followers of the best in crime fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 4/22/19.]—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 September #1

Set in Jessup, Mo., in 1976, this tepid coming-of-age story, with a mystery element, from Edgar-finalist Eskens (The Life We Bury) centers on the relationship between Boady Sanden, an unhappy 15-year-old white boy, and Thomas Elgin, a black boy his own age who moves in with his family next door. Boady and Thomas hit it off after some initial awkwardness when Boady thoughtlessly uses the N-word. The boys' unremarkable escapades include encounters with the opposite sex. Meanwhile, Lida Poe, an African-American woman who worked in the purchasing department of Jessup's largest employer, a plastics producer, goes missing. Rumors circulate that Lida was involved in some financial chicanery and Thomas's father was brought in from Minnesota to try to straighten the business out. Eventually, Boady and Thomas run across a corpse and start playing detectives themselves. The action builds to a climax heavy on clichés. This is no To Kill a Mockingbird. Hopefully, Eskens will return to form next time. Agent: Amy Cloughley, Kimberley Cameron & Assoc. (Nov.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.