The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney, William Morrow trade paperback, February 10, 2015, 464 pages, mystery, P.I.
The plot – “Twenty-five years after a devastating shooting and the unrelated disappearance of a teenage girl, the survivors of both events struggle to find out what really happened so they can move on with their separate lives.” – from Kirkus Reviews.
It’s much more involved than that, and depending on your viewpoint as a reader, it’s either a straight P.I. story, or a noir story, or both, or a novel of obsession, or maybe all three. While others found the book compelling, I found it off-putting. To me, after a while, the level of obsession went beyond reasonable to nonsensical. I found myself thinking, and occasionally saying out loud, “Oh come on!” So I’ll recommend the book based on all the great reviews and other positives (I did like the sense of place), but for me, it was a “meh”.