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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
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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 nominee (2019) : November Road
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2019) : November Road

Lou Berney recommends
The Poison Artist (2016)
Jonathan Moore
"Jonathan Moore has written a wickedly smart, emotionally complex novel that will haunt you long after you turn the last page. Whether you find it seductively terrifying or terrifyingly seductive, in my mind, The Poison Artist is better than Hitchcock."
The Summer That Melted Everything (2016)
Tiffany McDaniel
"The Summer That Melted Everything is a blast of hellfire, humor, and heartbreak that’s part Flannery O’Connor, part Stephen King, and wholly original."
IQ (2016)
(IQ, book 1)
Joe Ide
"Joe Ide is a bad man: IQ is so hellaciously entertaining, deeply moving, and electrifyingly alive that you'll want to read it twice."
Dangerous Ends (2017)
(Pete Fernandez, book 3)
Alex Segura
"DANGEROUS ENDS is a tense, gripping exploration of what happens when a bloody past collides with a dangerous present."
The Finishing School (2017)
Joanna Goodman
"THE FINISHING SCHOOL pulls back the curtain to expose a fascinating world of desire, betrayal, and dangerous secrets."
The Quiet Child (2017)
John Burley
"A riveting novel that engages both heart and mind. John Burley has an eye for detail, a feel for story, and a deep sympathy for his characters."
Little Girl Lost (2018)
(Foundlings Trilogy, book 1)
Wendy Corsi Staub
"Wendy Corsi Staub hits every note perfectly in Little Girl Lost. It’s a riveting thriller, a moving exploration of loss and identity, a vivid snapshot of a fascinating time and place, and – always, every word of the way – an absolute page-turner."
Black Swan Rising (2018)
Lisa Brackmann
"Lisa Brackmann's Black Swan Rising is a savvy, riveting thriller that's also deeply human, with characters who are as authentic as they are compelling."
Fatal Blow (2018)
(Sean Richardson, book 3)
James L Thane
"Fatal Blow is a meticulous and engrossing procedural ."
Pulse (2018)
Michael Harvey
"Pulse is the rare crime novel that makes you think and feel – deeply so on both counts. Harvey tells a gripping, richly-textured story that’s full of characters who jump off the page and stay with you long after the book is over."
One Small Sacrifice (2019)
(Shadows of New York, book 1)
Hilary Davidson
"One Small Sacrifice hooked me hard. Hilary Davidson has written a riveting and beautifully layered thriller that satisfies on every level. The characters surprise, the plot twists, and the pages turn themselves."
Drowning with Others (2019)
Linda Keir
"Drowning with Others is a smart, engrossing mystery that explores how secrets from the past can bind a family together—or tear it apart forever."
Your House Will Pay (2019)
Steph Cha
"Your House Will Pay is extraordinary, a deeply-felt and sharply-observed exploration of the ties the bind, and divide, family, community, and nation. It's moving, compelling, surprising, funny, explosive, and deeply human - an unforgettable novel."

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