Death, in many shapes, disrupts thirteen-year-old Frank Drum's summer - and his innocence - in 1961. Sheltered preacher's kids in rural Minnesota, Frank and his younger brother faithfully follow their father to services each Sunday morning. But when summer begins, a young boy is killed on the railroad tracks. Soon after this shock, the brothers discover a dead man under the trestle. Frank's quiet childhood is altered forever as losses barrage his tiny town through accident, natural causes, murder, and suicide. As tragedy comes closer, Frank learns bittersweet truths about God's redeeming grace and the high cost of wisdom. In this 2014 Edgar Award-winning novel, William Kent Krueger embeds a murder mystery in a coming-of-age tale. It is no surprise that Krueger identifies To Kill a Mockingbird as his favorite book, given the tender simplicity of his prose and his insight into the complexities of small-town social fabric.
A Reader Review by Sarah Morris of Minneapolis, Minnesota