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The Deep Dark Descending

The Deep Dark Descending

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Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

On a frozen lake near the US-Canadian border, he wrestles with a decision that could change his life forever, as his hatred threatens to turn him into the kind of person he has spent a career bringing to justice.

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Reviews and Praise

"Thought-provoking and elegantly told, The Deep Dark Descending shows how far one man will go to avenge his wife's death. With this smart, heartbreaking mystery, Allen Eskens keeps readers gripped until the very last page."
   —MARY KUBICA, New York Times-bestselling author of The Good Girl

"A tense, high-stakes game of chicken makes The Deep Dark Descending a can't-put-down thriller. Superb storytelling keeps you guessing until the very end."
   —ROBERT DUGONI, #1 Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and New York Times-bestselling author of My Sister's Grave

"Eskens infuses the old this-time-it's-personal trope with raw urgency, righteous indignation, and enough scorching action to melt every trace of the Minnesota snow in his finest hour to date."
   —Kirkus STARRED REVIEW (read the full review)

"Fine crime fiction that captures the chill of its setting as it explores issues of life and death."
   —Booklist Book Reviews (read the full review)

"...engrossing. [A] well-constructed plot and a sympathetic lead will keep readers turning the pages."
   —Publishers Weekly Book Reviews (read the full review)

"The Deep Dark Descending was good, like really good, in a tough guy, gritty, dark kind of way. Allen Eskens has now turned in to an author that I will be watching from here on out."
   —The Pages in Between Book Reviews (read the full review)