*Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel
*Winner of the Reviewer's Choice Award from "RT BookReviews" for
Best First Mystery of 2011
"Tander Phigg was a real jerk, but he was also a Barnburner.
Barnburners saved my life. I help them when I can. No
"A refreshing new character solving hardcore crimes.... crisp
plotting, hard-boiled style and realistic dialogue." "--Associated
"Combines elements of the thriller with tales of tangled
families. Violence runs through the novel, but Ulfelder tempers it
with compassion -- and evocative prose. "Purgatory Chasm" may be
hardboiled, but it's heart-wrenching, too." -"Richmond
"Working throughout is the edgy, self-effacing voice of a flawed
main character, a good guy with plenty of baggage who's just trying
stay alive and to get it right this time." -"The Boston Globe"
The job seems simple. Conway Sax, a no-nonsense auto mechanic
with a knack for solving difficult problems, has never liked Tander
Phigg. But Tander's a Barnburner, a member of the unique AA group
that rescued Conway, and when a Barnburner has a problem, Conway
takes care of it. Besides, all Tander wants is to get back his
vintage Mercedes from a shady auto shop. But Conway soon discovers
there's much more to the problem-especially when Tander turns up
dead. Conway was the last person seen with the victim, and on top
of that, he has a record. He must catch the killer to clear
himself, but he's also a man who honors his promises, even when the
guy he made them to is dead. In the tradition of Robert B. Parker
and Dennis Lehane, Steve Ulfelder's crackling debut mystery
features a gritty, razor-sharp new voice in crime fiction that will
stay with you long after the last page.
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