The Life We Bury

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The Life We Bury Book Summary


College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. 

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

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  • The Life We Bury

    By Worakaj
    5
    Captivating, compelling story. Richly written, believable and relatable characters. I couldn't put it down!
  • The Life We Bury.

    By The QT-er
    5
    By Allen Eskens.......I have not read a book in quite a while, someone suggested it as a excellent read, what a GREAT book..
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    By Sstep5884
    5
    You won't regret getting this book. Very well written and full of suspense. I couldn't put it down.
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    By chancedoggie
    5
    Excellent book kept the pages turning. Recommend this talented new author. Read it you will not be disappointed
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    By Gramma June
    4
    Enjoyed this book. Am going to my book club to discuss it with others. Horrible descriptions of the violence of the fights made my Skin crawl.
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    By JimJoyce
    5
    I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it. Very talented author.
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    By Mileva2
    5
    Excellent story, a real page turner! I truly couldn't put it down !
  • The Life We Bury

    By SEOhio
    5
    Starts out slow but draws you in with a compelling deathbed story; great start for a mystery writer.
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    By Mikasfriend
    1
    If you have higher than an 8th grade education, don't waste your time.
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    By Pinterest lover.
    5
    Couldn't put it down! Such a great page turner with really well developed characters. Buying his other book now!

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