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Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors—and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives.

In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through the survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie theater robbery that left six of his friends dead.

Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.

As fate brings these damaged souls together, their obsessive quests spark sexual currents neither can resist. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free—or ultimately destroy them?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The two key players in Lou Berney’s superb regional mystery suffer from separate but equally crushing cases of survivor guilt…Berney tells both their stories with supreme sensitivity, exploring the ‘landscape of memory’ that keeps shifting beneath our feet, opening up the graves of all those ghosts we thought we’d buried.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • The Long and Faraway Gone is that rare literary gem—a dark, quintessentially cool noir novel that is both deeply poignant, and very funny…as hip, hilarious, and entertaining as it is wrenching, beautiful, and ultimately redemptive.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Multi-faceted, layered, intense, alive—if you read only one crime novel this year, this should be the one.”

    Sara J. Henry, Anthony Award–winning author of A Cold and Lonely Place

  • “Edgar Award finalist Berney will raise a lump in the throats of many of his readers with this sorrowful account of two people’s efforts to come to terms with devastating trauma…The leads’ struggles are portrayed with painful complexity, and Berney, fittingly, avoids easy answers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Focused, very insightfully, on love, loss, and memory…fully realized creations that readers won’t soon forget. A genuinely memorable novel of ideas.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Berney’s novel is most truly a thoughtful exploration of memory and what it means to be a survivor. Elegiac and wistful, it is a lyrical mystery…with a deep, wounded heart. Read it.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With sharp wit and prose that brings the 80s to life in all its stone-washed glory, Lou Berney tells a complex story of characters struggling to make sense of life…Affecting, funny, and unfailingly honest, The Long and Faraway Gone is an extraordinary book.”

    M. P. Cooley, author of Ice Shear

  • “Berney takes you places you’re not sure you want to go and brings you out again with a sure hand. It’s a satisfyingly complete deep-dive into a complicated history, with not only suspense but a compelling resolution.”

    Carrie La Seur, author of The Home Place

  • Winner of the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original 
  • A 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Best Mystery/Thriller
  • A 2016 ALA Reading List Award Winner for Mystery
  • A 2016 Lefty Award Nominee for Best World Mystery Novel
  • A Today Show Pick for Summer Reading
  • A 2016 Oklahoma Book Award Winner for Fiction 
  • Winner of the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original
  • Winner of the 2016 Barry Award for Best Paperback Original 
  • Winner of the 2016 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
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