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Allen Eskens

USA flag (b.1963)

Allen Eskens grew up in the wooded hills of Missouri and, after high school, migrated north to pursue his education. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. While he toiled as a practicing attorney in Mankato, Minnesota he spent his spare time honing his creative writing skills in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University and took numerous classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. The Life We Bury is Allen's debut offering.

Genres: Mystery

Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2015) : The Life We Bury
Barry Awards Best Novel winner (2015) : The Life We Bury
Edgar Awards Best First Novel nominee (2015) : The Life We Bury
Barry Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2017) : The Heavens May Fall
Barry Awards Best Paperback original winner (2018) : The Deep Dark Descending
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2019) : The Shadows We Hide

Allen Eskens recommends
Heart of Stone (2016)
(Ellie Stone Mystery, book 4)
James W Ziskin
"James Ziskin has written another great read, imbued with a rich cast of characters and a tight plot that bristles with tension. Ellie Stone is the perfect protagonist--extraordinary but with enough girl-next-door charm in her that she instantly becomes a friend. This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors, and it belongs on every mystery lover's to-be-read list."
Give Up the Dead (2017)
(Jay Porter, book 3)
Joe Clifford
"Joe Clifford writes the kind of books that I love to read, mysteries that not only make you think, but make you feel."
The Devil's Wedding Ring (2017)
Vidar Sundstøl
"In his novel, The Devil's Wedding Ring, Vidar Sundstol has written an intelligent and thoughtful mystery about a man returning to his home country to learn the truth about a friend's death, and in doing so, he must face ghosts of his own. This pitch-perfect elegy makes for compelling reading, the kind of work that must be savored."
Fallen Mountains (2019)
Kimi Cunningham Grant
"In Fallen Mountains, Kimi Cunningham Grant has painted an intense and engaging portrait of characters driven by--and bound by--the secrets of their pasts. It is an absorbing mystery as well as a gracefully layered story of death and loss in a small town, with a haunting conclusion that will linger with the reader long after they turn that last page."
All We Buried (2020)
(Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery, book 1)
Elena Taylor
"A wonderful protagonist [and] a stellar mystery with a current of tension and suspicion powerful enough to quicken your pulse."
Finding Grace (2022)
Maren Cooper
"Finding Grace is a heartrending story of a father's unconditional love for his daughter, the strength of that bond over time and distance, and the fortitude of a community to band together in difficult times. Maren Cooper skillfully leads her readers through a labyrinth of love, hope, commitment, and the complexity of relationships. This is an emotional must-read that will make you feel sad, happy, grateful, and hopeful."

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