Author Allen Eskens
Saving Emma

Saving Emma


A lawyer’s race to reveal a wrongful conviction collides with the dark shadow of a murder in his own home in this propulsive and perfectly-plotted thriller from “one of our best crime writers at the top of his game” (William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author).

“Eskens brilliantly combines legal and personal drama in this stellar standalone mystery... Scott Turow fans will be enthralled.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Forsaken Country

Forsaken Country

Now available in paperback

"The best stories test our view of the moral universe, which is one of the many reasons I love the work of Allen Eskens. This is one of our best crime writers at the top of his game."
—William Kent Krueger, NYT bestselling author

"In Forsaken Country, Allen Eskens’ expert storytelling is on full display... Heart-pounding and heartfelt, [it] should be at the top of your to-be-read list."
—Heather Gudenkauf, NYT bestselling author

Joe Talbert Books

Joe Talbert books

The Life We Bury

Book 1

The Shadows We Hide

Book 2

The Stolen Hours

Book 3

Max Books

Max Rupert books

The Guise of Another

Book 1

The Heavens May Fall

Book 2

The Deep Dark Descending

Book 3

The Deep Dark Descending

Book 4

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About Allen

Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, The Shadows We Hide, Nothing More Dangerous, The Stolen Hours, Forsaken Country, and Saving Emma. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages.

Author Allen Eskens

Praise for Allen’s Books

Eskens brilliantly combines legal and personal drama in this stellar standalone mystery… Scott Turow fans will be enthralled.
Publishers Weekly on Saving Emma

“[As] good as it gets; a heart-pounding and utterly engaging thriller.”
NYT bestselling author Karen Dionne on The Stolen Hours

This powerful, unforgettable crime novel is a coming-of-age book to rival some of the best…
Library Journal starred review on Nothing More Dangerous

[A] brilliant sequel full of deeply developed characters…. darkly lyrical and brutally intimate…
Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Shadows We Hide

Fine crime fiction that captures the chill of its setting as it explores issues of life and death.
Booklist on The Deep Dark Descending

Gripping… the tale takes several unexpected twists before reaching the satisfying denouement.
Publishers Weekly on The Heavens May Fall

Eskens’s elegant but chilly prose, like winter in the blood…
The New York Times on The Guise of Another

Eskens’s first-person narration grabs the reader and never relinquishes its hold.
Library Journal, Editor’s Fall Pick on The Life We Bury

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