One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash

January 3, 2004
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One Foot in Eden
Ron Rash

Picador
January 3, 2004
Trade Paperback/214 pages
ISBN: 0-312-42305-5
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"Is it possible to get away with murder?"

". . . surpasses the traditional "whodunit" construction . . ."

". . . explores themes of longing and consequence, of passion and actions that reverberate across decades."

Is it possible to get away with murder? Ron Rash''s debut novel, One Foot in Eden, asks this question in a haunting literary mystery set deep in the Appalachian Mountains. When returned war-hero and local rabble-rouser Holland Winchester shows up missing, signs of foul play point to his quiet neighbor. Yet the sheriff can uncover neither the body nor the facts needed to seal the case.

 

 

 

 

One Foot in Eden surpasses the traditional "whodunit" construction and delves into the much richer, "Why?" Layer by layer, the story unfolds as told through five different narrators whose lives intertwine across two generations. The voices ring true as they offer their perspectives in spare and authentic language, each adding different sides to one unifying tale.

The case builds and the pieces come together, detailing both the why and the how, including an inside look from the murderer''s viewpoint. One Foot in Eden provides unique and satisfying twists, for even the most jaded mystery fans.

One Foot in Eden explores themes of longing and consequence, of passion and actions that reverberate across decades. Readers will find the lives of these characters, and images from Rash''s valley, lingering long after the last chapter is finished.
Reviewer: M. K. Daniels

 

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