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The Twenty-Year Death

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The Twenty-Year Death

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THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BOOK LIKE THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH A breathtaking first novel written in the form of three separate crime novels, each set in a different decade and penned in the style of a...More
THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BOOK LIKE THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH A breathtaking first novel written in the form of three separate crime novels, each set in a different decade and penned in the style of a...More
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  • THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BOOK LIKE
    THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH

    A breathtaking first novel written in the form of three separate crime novels, each set in a different decade and penned in the style of a different giant of the mystery genre.

    1931--
    The body found in the gutter in France led the police inspector to the dead man's beautiful daughter--and to her hot-tempered American husband.

    1941--
    A hardboiled private eye hired to keep a movie studio's leading lady happy uncovers the truth behind the brutal slaying of a Hollywood starlet.

    1951--
    A desperate man pursuing his last chance at redemption finds himself with blood on his hands and the police on his trail...

    Three complete novels that, taken together, tell a single epic story, about an author whose life is shattered when violence and tragedy consume the people closest to him. It is an ingenious and emotionally powerful debut performance from literary detective and former bookseller Ariel S. Winter, one that establishes this talented newcomer as a storyteller of the highest caliber.

About the Author-
  • A long-time bookseller at The Corner Bookstore in New York City and Borders in Baltimore, Ariel S. Winter is also the author of the forthcoming children's picture book One of a Kind (Aladdin) and of the blog We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie, devoted to the rediscovery of long-forgotten children's books written by literary icons such as John Updike, Langston Hughes, and Gertrude Stein. His writing has appeared in The Urbanite and on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and in 2008 he won the Free Press "Who Can Save Us Now?" short story contest. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • and former bookseller, tells an epic tale in the form of three novels written in the style of three different crime-fiction legends.

    Hard Case Crime originals are notable for capturing the feel of pulp classics without slavish imitation--which makes this first novel somewhat unusual. Winter, a "literary detective"

  • Stephen King "Bold, innovative, and thrilling -- The Twenty-Year Death crackles with suspense and will keep you up late."
  • James Frey "Not content with writing one first novel like ordinary mortals, Ariel Winter has written three -- and in the style of some of the most famous crime writers of all time for good measure. It's a virtuoso act of literary recreation that's both astonishingly faithful and wildly, audaciously original. One hell of a debut."
  • - John Banville "The Twenty-Year Death is a bravura debut, ingenious and assured, and a fitting tribute to the trio of illustrious ghosts who are looking -- with indulgence, surely -- over Ariel Winter's shoulder."
  • Peter Straub "The Twenty-Year Death is an absolute astonishment. Ariel S. Winter manages to channel three iconic crime writers and pull off a riveting story of a two-decade ruination in which it is the things not said that somehow have the loudest echoes."
  • -Alice Sebold on Book 1 of The Twenty-Year Death "As an old-school fan of Georges Simenon, I read MALNIVEAU PRISON with awe and delight."
  • Megan Abbott on Book 2 of The Twenty-Year Death "Expertly summoning the most sinuous strains of Chandler, THE FALLING STAR sinks you into its dark, sleek world."
  • Stephen Dixon "If ever there was a born writer, Mr. Winter is one...Mr. Winter's work is sharp, smart, original, intensely interesting and ingenious."
  • - Richard Vinen "A tour de force, or rather three different, ingeniously interwoven, tours de force. An exciting book that will make many commuters miss their stop."
  • David Morrell "The Twenty-Year Death is an exceptionally ambitious, inventive crime novel that echoes three classic authors while extending the idea of what a crime novel can do. The scope and versatility are breathtaking. Bravo to Ariel S. Winter and Hard Case Crime."
  • -John T. Irwin "As distinguished a first-novel in the noir fiction genre as any I know of. Indeed, it is three novels in one, and each is in its own way a tour de force. If this is the level of excellence that Winter can achieve at the very start of his career, then his future in this genre is unlimited."
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