The Long and Faraway Gone

The Long and Faraway Gone

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"In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved. Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors' lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt's latest inquiry takes him back to a past he's tried to escape--and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead. Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past--with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she'll stop at nothing to find answers. As fate brings these damaged souls together, their obsessive quests spark sexual currents neither can resist. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062292438
Characteristics: 456 pages


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ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

This is a beautifully written book that was both engrossing and affecting. The characters felt real, the dialogue was natural and Berney adds a good dose of just my kind of humor. Unique and wonderful.

Nov 06, 2016

A very engrossing story with an ending that caught you off guard. PI Wyatt Rivers is Oklahoma City's answer to Jackson Brodie, hero of 3 of Kate Atkinson's excellent books. Not as dense with irony and dark humor as Atkinson but a story that is as compelling as Case Histories. This is the first Berney book I've read and have become a fan.

Aug 19, 2016

I borrowed this book because of some of the reviews and because I thought this was a mystery, and the solving of 2 crimes. I should have read the reviews more closely. My fault. The book is about 450 pages. About 100 pages are devoted to the crimes and the other 350 pages are devoted to the self-angst of the 2 main characters. It's as if the crimes were created merely as background so the author could write the "self-angst book". Instead of the crimes, could just as easily have been "Why did I survive the car accident and my spouse/sibling/friend/etc didn't?" The wrapping up and solving of the crimes seemed forced, and "too easy"

SPL_Stephanie May 25, 2016

A full review of this book can be found under Summary. This book review appeared in the Stratford Gazette in June 2016.

May 08, 2016

Brilliant novel. Wyatt is a successful Las Vegas P.I. who unwittingly takes on an assignment in Oklahoma City as a favour for a friend because he mistakenly thinks he is going to Omaha. This is a problem for Wyatt because 26 years earlier, in 1986, he was the only survivor in a Oklahoma theater robbery/mass murder. He has spent the years since that terrible night trying to forget, avoid , and escape from his past. He has moved many times and changed his name, but suddenly he is back in the city that haunts him. Julianna is another character whose life was forever altered in 1986 when her teenaged sister vanished from the city fairground - never to be heard from again. Unlike Wyatt and his avoidance, Julianna has been obsessed over her sister's disappearance and for the past 26 years she has been rehashing the evidence and alienating the authorities. Wyatt works his new case but the memories of 1986 come to haunt both our main characters.
This is a very well written crime-mystery with a cast of interesting characters. Despite the sensitive subject matter there is a gentle sense of humour that is never distasteful to the subject matter. This was a novel I really enjoyed on so many levels.
2016 Edgar Award Winner

Feb 07, 2016

What a fantastic story. Lou Berney slowly reveals how the traumatic past of two characters continues to put its ferocious grip on their lives. Each is driven to illuminate the origins of their different tragic mysteries. I gradually grew to care about each character, an emotional state that left me with goosebumps as the story concluded. Hard to put into words how much I loved this story. Bravo!

athompson10 Mar 29, 2015

GOOD story. Two characters in the same city are haunted by tragic events from their pasts, and try to come to terms with how those events have shaped them. In the meantime, there's a possibility that each might be able to solve the mystery behind those events: the disappearance of a young woman and the mass murder of employees at a movie theater. Although the two mystery threads only brush each other lightly, the stories are connected and the sorrow and tension are similar.


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SPL_Stephanie May 25, 2016

In his award winning novel, The Long and Faraway Gone, Lou Berney takes readers on a fast-paced journey to solve two tragic mysteries from one fatal summer.

The summer of 1986 started as an average season in Oklahoma City where teenagers worked menial jobs, snuck into swimming pools and smuggled beer from their parents. This all quickly came to an end when two fatal tragedies shook the city to its core.

In this mystery thriller, twenty five years have passed since the devastating tragedies that rattled the citizens of Oklahoma City. Both Wyatt and Julianna remain haunted by the events of that fateful summer and are devoted to unravelling the mysteries of both tragedies.

For Wyatt, the sole survivor of a massacre that killed six of his fellow movie-theater employees, that summer left unhealable scars and unanswered questions. After becoming a private investigator, Wyatt finds his way back to Oklahoma where his fixation on lost love and grief force him to revisit the case of who murdered his high school friends.

Similarly, Julianna is tortured by the memory of her beautiful older sister disappearing from the annual state fair. Her fixation with her sister’s drug abuse and racy lifestyle angers Julianna into believing that her catastrophic fate was inevitable. When new information and an old suspect resurface, Julianna is willing to risk it all to decipher the true events of that night.

Lou Berney flawlessly triggers suspense and intrigue through the alternating narratives of Wyatt and Julianna. This melancholic and intense thriller allows readers to piece together the puzzle of each mystery. Those that relish in the mysteries of Louise Penny and Michael Connelly will enjoy following Wyatt and Julianna on their quest to answer life-consuming mysteries from their childhood.

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