Never Count Out the DeadBook - 2001
Last year Boston Teran stunned audiences with his debut, God is a Bullet. Taut, dark, and astonishing, the book was nominated for the Edgar for Best First Novel and won much acclaim for Teran, whose work teems with the confidence -- and guts -- of a much more seasoned novelist.With Never Count Out the Dead, Teran exceeds the extraordinary achievement of his debut. Delivering a tour de force tale of a murder gone wrong and a victim bent on revenge, the book opens with a gang of criminals in need of a fall guy. They target a Los Angeles county sheriff, John Victor Sully; plant damning evidence; and send their most vicious member, Dee Storey, and her 13-year-old daughter, to kill him -- but he survives. Unable to dodge the web of guilt they construct for him, he vanishes.Ten years later, a reporter tracks Sully down and gives him the tools to avenge his own "murder". Little does Sully know that one of his biggest allies could be the girl who buried him -- now 25, estranged from her mother, and caught between the villains who used her and the man whose near-death she has never forgotten.Commercial, shocking, and brilliantly written, Never Count Out the Dead is the breakout book of a tremendous career.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001
Characteristics: 366 p