Synopses & Reviews
Boston Teran's debut, God is a Bullet
, a taut, dark, and astonishing literary suspense novel, was short-listed for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and won England's Crime Writers Association's John Creasey Memorial Dagger for Best First Novel.
Now, 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.
In a rundown Los Angeles bungalow, Shay Storey sits across a battered Formica table watching her mother clean the semi-automatic they will use for a killing. It is 1987 and Shay is just thirteen. Their intended victim is a local policeman named Victor Sully. Shay and her mother shoot him and bury him in a shallow grave in the desert northeast of Los Angeles, but somehow, some way, Sully claws his way to survival.
His life, though, is destroyed anyway, and he slips out of Los Angeles under cover of darkness, a broken man. It is more than ten years later that these three lost souls meet again to play out the inevitable drama set in motion by that first violent meeting in the desert, each searching for revenge, and perhaps, redemption.
Riveting, powerful, and brilliantly written, Never Count Out the Dead is an unforgettable reading experience that will linger in your brain long after the last page is turned.
"A fistful of memorable characters...a terrific story in a smart, yeasty, poetic, totally original voice."--Chicago Tribune
"Crackles with the energy of a summer storm."--The New York Times Book Review
"Grim, glorious gothic...the tension ratchets up like a thumbscrew in the hands of a master inquisitor...a terrifying glimpse into lives that make you count your blessings until dawn."--Val McDermid, author of A Place of Execution