The Guise of Another, the follow up to Allen Eskens' award winning novel The Life We Bury, tells the story of two brothers, both detectives with the Minneapolis Police Department. Alexander Rupert, the younger brother, is a Fraud detective whose life is in a downward spiral. He comes across an identity theft case that he believes will rehabilitate his tattered reputation and dives into the case with all he has. The case explodes into far more than he expected and Alexander's older brother Max Rupert (the homicide detective from The Life We Bury) steps in to try and save his brother from the carnage let loose by that investigation.
The Life We Bury, winner of the Rosebud Award for Best First Mystery Novel, has been named a finalist for five additional awards including the prestigious Edgar® Award for Best First Novel. It was chosen by Suspense Magazine and MysteryPeople as one of the best books of 2014, and called a "masterful debut" in a starred review by Publishers Weekly.
When college-student Joe Talbert's writing assignment introduces him to a convicted murderer, he has no idea that it will send him tumbling into the heart of a thirty-year-old mystery that will threaten to end his life.
The Life We Bury is an evocative and twisting mystery and yet it is a book with a heart. When Joe Talbert ran away from home to go to college, he left behind an alcoholic mother and his autistic younger brother. As Joe throws himself into unraveling the mystery, he is haunted by his decision to leave his brother in the care of his dangerously dysfunctional mother and her abusive boyfriend. Joe must put things right with his brother as he struggles to uncover the truth about the decades-old murder.