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The Deep Dark Descending

The Deep Dark Descending

Max Rupert #3

Barry Award finalist

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)

"Award-winning Minnesotan Allen Eskens' fourth Max Rupert novel, The Deep Dark Descending, has the thick tension of a thriller and the puzzles of a police procedural. But it's really a fast-paced meditation on revenge and what it does to the soul, disguised as a mystery."
   —Mary Ann Grossman, St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch (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)

"Overall, if you want a thriller that you can't put down with a uniquely told story, then you have to pick up The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens. This was a story about vengeance, fighting your inner demons, moral struggles, and we get to see a grief-stricken husband pushed to his limits."
   —Jessicamap Reviews (read the full review)

"Vengeance and retribution is the name of the game here, this one kept me on the edge of my seat and flipping pages at a steady rate. If you haven't read Eskens work you're missing out, he's a superbly talented author not to be missed."
   —Novel Gossip (read the full review)

"The Deep Dark Descending is an engrossing, extremely tense, fast-paced, and a well-written read here that explores the deep dark desire for vengeance as we see how our very well loved main character Max is battling with his descent into the deep dark desire for vengeance and retribution.... The Deep Dark Descending is an extremely fast-paced and thrilling novel with an ending that holds quite the punch that left us all frozen in place sending chills right through us all."
   —Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading (read the full review)