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Lou Berney

(Louis Berney)

Lou Berney is an accomplished writer, teacher, and liar. He has written feature screenplays and created TV pilots for, among others, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Focus Features, ABC, and Fox. He is the author of THE ROAD TO BOBBY JOE, a collection of stories, and his short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, New England Review, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He has taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and in the MFA program at Saint Mary's College in California. GUTSHOT STRAIGHT, his first novel, was written during the 2007-2008 film and TV Writers Guild strike.

Genres: Mystery, Historical Mystery
New Books
September 2023

Dark Ride
Shake Bouchon
   1. Gutshot Straight (2009)
   2. Whiplash River (2012)
   3. Double Barrel Bluff (2020)
   The Long and Faraway Gone (2015)
   November Road (2018)
   Dark Ride (2023)
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Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2013) : Whiplash River
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original winner (2016) : The Long and Faraway Gone
Barry Awards Best Paperback original winner (2016) : The Long and Faraway Gone
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original winner (2016) : The Long and Faraway Gone
Macavity Awards Best Book winner (2016) : The Long and Faraway Gone
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (2019) : November Road
Barry Awards Best Novel winner (2019) : November Road
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (2019) : November Road
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2020) : November Road

Lou Berney recommends
Who to Believe (2024)
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"An inventive and fiendishly-layered suspense novel. The characters are compelling, the setting rich, and the tension electric. A first-rate exploration of secrets dark and deep."
The Ascent (2024)
Adam Plantinga
"Damn! I had to hold onto this one for dear life. THE ASCENT is a ferociously propulsive thriller. Plantinga creates a haunted house of horrors that's utterly convincing, while at the same time keeping the focus on complex, layered, and engaging characters. An outstanding debut crime novel."
Right Between the Eyes (2023)
Scott Loring Sanders
"Right Between the Eyes is a riveting, twist-filled exploration of violence, memory, and family. With its richly complex characters and vivid sense of place, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you turn the last page."
Anywhere You Run (2022)
Wanda M Morris
"Anywhere You Run had me hooked from the first page... It's a novel both tender and ferocious - an absolute stunner."
All Good People Here (2022)
Ashley Flowers
"All Good People Here has enough twists and layers for three novels. Ashley Flowers has taken a premise familiar to true-crime fans and created a story that's compelling and psychologically rich, with an ending that's as unnerving as it is satisfying."
Two Nights in Lisbon (2022)
Chris Pavone
"Two Nights in Lisbon is such a richly satisfying novel in so many different ways: it is a tense, intricately plotted thriller; a nuanced and moving character study; a sharp-eyed social critique; an immersive tour of a fascinating city and culture. I finished this book and immediately wanted to read it again."

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