Ashes of the Earth

Eliot Pattison, Author
Eliot Pattison, Counterpoint, $26 (368p) ISBN 978-1-58243-644-9
Reviewed on: 02/28/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Paperback - 359 pages - 978-1-58243-816-0
Open Ebook - 286 pages - 978-1-58243-877-1
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Having successfully portrayed both modern-day Tibet and Colonial America in two series, Edgar-winner Pattison (Eye of the Raven) launches a third with this brilliant if grim mystery set in the 21st century 25 years after global mega-acts of terror have destroyed all U.S. government entities and almost all infrastructure. Hadrian Boone, one of the cofounders of the struggling colony of Carthage, located near the Great Lakes, is one of those who remembers the former world, as the time before the apocalypse is referred to, but he's on the outs with the community's leaders and on the verge of being exiled. The chance discovery of a body triggers a series of events that reintroduces murder and other crimes to a community reliant on 19th-century technology. Boone's efforts to find the truth and what it implies for Carthage's future put him in harm's way time after time. Pattison blends the bleakness of The Road with a well-crafted whodunit plot for another winner. (Apr.)
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