EMPTY MILE by Matthew Stokoe - SIGNED LIMITED EDITION BOOKSee all titles by Matthew Stokoe.
From the outset of
this heartbreakingly powerful contemporary noir, Stokoe (High Life) gets
the reader deeply emotionally invested in his
guilt-ridden narrator, Johnny Richardson. Eight years after leaving his
hometown of Oakridge, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada
mountains, Johnny returns to face the consequences of a reckless
When Johnny Richardson comes home to the town of Oakridge he has
one thing on his mind--putting right a terrible mistake he made eight
years ago. Revisiting the past, though, is a dark and dangerous game in
small town America. When a careless sexual episode leads to the suicide
of the town's first lady, Johnny finds himself the target of a revenge
campaign that threatens to tear apart the fragile world he's built with
his brain-damaged brother and depressive girlfriend among the
gold-bearing mountains of Northern California.
Left an unexplained piece of land when his father mysteriously
disappears, Johnny must unravel its secrets in a desperate bid to
protect those he loves. His efforts to do this, though, have deadly
consequences and will ultimately force him to confront not only his own
failings, but the very nature of guilt itself.
A searing meditation on the futility of trying to right the
wrongs of the past, Empty Mile blends elements of thrilling urban
noir with the wide open spaces of outdoor adventure in a story that
reflects America's contemporary uncertainty about itself.
Stokoe's first mainstream crime-fiction novel will shock and awe.