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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Lou Berney recommends
The Poison Artist (2016)
"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)
"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, book 1)
"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)
"DANGEROUS ENDS is a tense, gripping exploration of what happens when a bloody past collides with a dangerous present."
The Finishing School (2017)
"THE FINISHING SCHOOL pulls back the curtain to expose a fascinating world of desire, betrayal, and dangerous secrets."
The Quiet Child (2017)
"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."
Nail's Crossing (2017)
(Bill Maytubby & Hannah Bond Mystery, book 1)
"Kris Lackey brings to vivid life a unique and fascinating part of the country. With two appealing main characters and a sinuously intriguing plot, Nail's Crossing marks a terrific debut."
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'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 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)
"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."
The Fifth Column (2019)
"Andrew Gross pays homage to Hitchcock in a twisty, fast-paced thriller."
The Hidden Things (2019)
"A smart and hugely entertainingly thriller, with so many sharp twists and hairpin turns that you'll need to hold on for dear life. But it's the compelling, nuanced characters--dark, light, and every shade in-between--who will stay with you long after the last page."
Drowning with Others (2019)
"Drowning with Others is a smart, engrossing mystery that explores how secrets from the past can bind a family togetheror tear it apart forever."
Your House Will Pay (2019)
"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."
Unspeakable Things (2020)
"Unspeakable Things is an absolutely riveting novel about the poisonous secrets buried deep in towns and families. Jess Lourey has created a story that will chill you to the bone and a main character who will break your heart wide open."
The Southland (2020)
"THE SOUTHLAND is a terrific novel, both compelling and illuminating. Johnny Shaw writes with deep empathy for his characters and an unflinching eye for the dark side of the American Dream. Highly recommend."
Winter Counts (2020)
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
"Winter Counts is a terrific debut--tight and tense, hard-eyed and big-hearted. David Heska Wanbli Weiden's main character, Virgil Wounded Horse, is as compelling, complex, and sharply observed as the world he inhabits."
And Now She's Gone (2020)
Rachel Howzell Hall
"An entertainingly twisty plot, a rich and layered sense of place, and most of all a main character who pops off the page. Gray Sykes is hugely engaging and deeply complex, a descendant of Philip Marlowe and Easy Rawlings who is also definitely, absolutely her own woman."
"TRICKY blew me away. Josh Stallings has written a gritty, vibrant, riotously entertaining crime novel filled with unforgettable and deeply human characters."
What Waits for You (2021)
(Tully Jarsdel, book 2)
"Joseph Schneider is a major new talent in the world of crime fiction."
The Low Desert (2021)
"The Low Desert blew me away. It's an astonishingly rich collection of stories--harrowing and hopeful, gritty and funny, elegiac and electrifying, and always, always, deeply human. Tod Goldberg has written a book that's impossible to put down and impossible to forget."
Every Last Fear (2021)
"A hugely ambitious novel that satisfies on so many different levels. It's a riveting mystery, a propulsive thriller, and a moving portrait of a family torn apart, and brought together, by tragedy."
A Man Named Doll (2021)
(Happy Doll, book 1)
"A MAN NAMED DOLL is so fun and propulsive I didn’t just read it in one sitting, I read it in what felt like a single breath. Happy Doll is a tremendously likable main character, and the Los Angeles he inhabits is vibrantly alive in every detail. I hope Jonathan Ames has many more adventures planned for the newest P.I. in town."
When Ghosts Come Home (2021)
"When Ghosts Come Home is a gripping mystery as complex and layered as the characters who inhabit it. Set in 1984, Wiley Cash’s exploration of race, justice, and grief of the fault lines that rip apart families and communities could not be more timely."
Five Decembers (2021)
"Five Decembers is absolutely terrific. I can’t remember the last novel I read that was so beautifully immersive. A joy to read."
Shadows of Pecan Hollow (2022)
"Shadows of Pecan Hollow is a hugely satisfying slow burn of a novel that builds to a wrenching, unforgettable blaze. Frost explores the lives of her complex, arresting characters with nuance, compassion, and an unwavering gaze. Highly recommended."
Child Zero (2022)
"CHILD ZERO gave me nightmares - in the best possible way. Chris Holm offers a terrifying and convincing glimpse into the future that may well await us, while at the same time telling a deeply compelling story full of heart and, despite all the odds, hope. I couldn't put this one down."
B A Shapiro
"A rich and gripping journey through intersecting lives, a nuanced exploration of characters who share nothing in common--but almost everything too. Inventive and immersive, it's a page-turner of novel that will also make you want to slow down and soak it all in."
Two Nights in Lisbon (2022)
"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."
All Good People Here (2022)
"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."
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."
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