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Coming in 2021

A girl and her dog
Churches welcome you
Downtown street of small rust-belt town
Downtown street of small rust-belt town
Smokestacks of rust-belt town



Dilapidated house

a novel

“A truth so big I don't know where to keep it,

  so it's stuffed way down inside me where it stirs with all the lies.” 

Downtown street of small rust-belt town

      old by a tart-tongued young woman with a love of Springsteen, LIES IN BONE is at once a literary mystery and coming-of-age tale of hope and redemption, fueled by dark secrets involving love, murder, and the lies we carry. 

On Halloween night in 1963, eleven-year-old Chuck Coolidge and his little brother Danny are lost in a blanket of toxic smog covering the steel town of Slippery Elm, Pennsylvania. When the smog lifts, half the town is sick and twenty people are dead. And Danny is missing.

Now, over twenty years later, Chuck's teenage daughter, Frank plots escape from this “busted and disgusted” town. When a child is found in the river, murdered, investigators link the crime to the disappearance of Danny in ’63, and Chuck becomes the chief suspect in both cases. 


In the face of her worst fears, Frank must uncover her family’s dark past if she wants to prove her father’s innocence. As she battles to keep her sister Boots from the hands of the state, she is led to discover the unimaginable truth about Danny’s disappearance—culminating in a horrific eleventh-hour reveal and emotionally charged finale.

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