The Life We Bury

The Life We BuryThe Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Published by Tantor Audio on June 9th 2015
Format: audiobook
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
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College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Aided by his skeptical neighbor, Lila, Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth. Thread by thread, he begins to unravel the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it's too late to escape the fallout?

My thoughts on this book

The Life We Bury is a nice change of pace “who done it”. Joe Talbert, brother to an autistic teenager, son to an alcoholic mother, and college student has an assignment for one of his classes to write a biography of a person. On a whim Joe stops at a nursing home where he is improbably (isn’t that why it’s called fiction) introduced to a convicted murderer.
Carl Iverson, has been released from prison because he is dying of cancer. Thirty years ago, he was convicted of murdering a teenage girl. Carl agrees to tell Joe his story, as Joe hears more and more he begins to suspect that there is more to the story than Carl is telling him. Joe with the help of his attractive college student (but I don’t want to get involved) neighbor start piecing together a different version of Carl’s story.

A good debut novel.