As explained on the home page, because I don’t write a series, but rather character arcs that revolve around a small community, I thought I would take a moment to lay out the relationships between my books and characters.
The Life We Bury introduces the four main characters who appear in future novels:
Joe Talbert—protagonist in The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide.
Max Rupert—a homicide detective in The Life We Bury is the focus of novels 2, 3 and 4.
Boady Sanden—a character in novels 1 and 3, but is the protagonist in Nothing More Dangerous.
Lila Nash—a character in novels 1, 3 and 5, will likely be the protagonist of novel number 7.
Nothing More Dangerous is a prequel to Allen’s other five books. It is the story of Boady Sanden who is a law professor in The Life We Bury and The Heavens May Fall but it is his story from when he was 15-years old back in 1976.
The Shadows We Hide is the sequel to The Life We Bury. It is the story of Joe Talbert, his brother Jeremy, his mother Kathy, and of course, Lila Nash, Joe’s girlfriend. The story picks up six years after the end of The Life We Bury and revisits the aftermath of decisions made in the The Life We Bury.
The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, and The Deep Dark Descending follow the progression of Max Rupert as he goes from being a man with a strong moral code to a man fighting against his darkest nature.