Featuring three characters from the bestselling book-club favorite The Life We Bury, Eskens newest release, The Heavens May Fall, explores a riveting murder case told from two opposing perspectives. Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons. Max is still struggling with the death of his wife four years earlier, and the Pruitt case stirs up old memories. Boady hasn’t taken on a defense case since the death of an innocent client, a man Boady believes he could have saved but didn’t. Now he is back in court, with student Lila Nash at his side, and he’s determined to redeem himself for having failed in the past.
Allen Eskens is the award winning and USA Today-bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Guise of Another. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award and the Silver Falchion Award for his debut novel, The Life We Bury, which was also named a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Allen honed his creative writing skills through the MFA program at Minnesota State University as well as classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He is a member of the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.
- Panel: Sense of Place I, Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:00 a.m., City Hall Council Chambers
- Reading: Saturday, Oct. 8, 1:00 p.m., Iowa City Senior Center, Assembly Room