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Nothing More Dangerous

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
Missouri native Allen Eskens' "stunning small-town mystery" (New York Times Book Review) is a necessary exploration of family, loyalty, and racial tension in America and "a coming-of-age book to rival some of the best, such as Ordinary Grace" (Library Journal, starred review).

In a small Southern town where loyalty to family and to "your people" carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition. After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn't being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.

Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins -- a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history -- forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.

But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.

As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town -- and he will be forced to choose sides.

Best Book of the Year: Florida Sun-Sentinel and Library Journal
Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Both heartwarming and hard-nosed, Nothing More Dangerous is a coming-of-age page-turner that probes the dark heart of small towns and the resilient strength that keeps families together." - Thomas Mullen

"Eskens vividly renders how small towns try to keep their secrets, and how sometimes they cannot." - Ron Rash


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Hardback Editions

November 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens
ISBN: 0-316-50972-8 / 978-0-316-50972-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens, Allen Eskens
ISBN: 1-5293-2708-3 / 978-1-5293-2708-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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November 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens
ISBN: 0-316-50973-6 / 978-0-316-50973-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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November 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens, Allen Eskens
ISBN: 1-5293-2706-7 / 978-1-5293-2706-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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December 2019 : USA Audio edition
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December 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
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December 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
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November 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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November 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens
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November 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens
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November 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
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November 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens
ISBN: 1-5491-2849-3 / 978-1-5491-2849-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Book Group and Blackstone Publishing
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November 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous: Library Edition
Author(s): Allen Eskens
ISBN: 1-5491-2847-7 / 978-1-5491-2847-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Kindle Editions

November 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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November 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Nothing More Dangerous
Author(s): Allen Eskens
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