A woman's chilling disappearance haunts a rural Pennsylvania county in the eagerly awaited new Henry Farrell mystery from the Edgar Award–winning author of Dry Bones in the Valley.
Tom Bouman’s Dry Bones in the Valley won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times hailed it as “beautifully written,” and the Washington Post called it a “mesmerizing and often terrifying story.”
In Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, summer has brought Officer Henry Farrell nothing but trouble. Heroin has arrived with a surge in burglaries and other crime. When local carpenter Kevin O’Keeffe admits that he shot a man and that his girlfriend, Penny, is missing, the search leads the small-town cop to an industrial vice district across state lines that has already ensnared more than one of his neighbors. With the patience of a hunter, Farrell ventures into a world of shadow beyond the fields and forests of home.
About the Author
Tom Bouman is the author of The Bramble and the Rose, Fateful Mornings and Dry Bones in the Valley, which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in upstate New York.
You would be hard-pressed to find a finer new series than Tom Bouman’s Henry Farrell novels because of the complexity of the plots or the richness of the characters, but what it really comes down to is just damn good writing. — Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire novels, the basis for the Netflix series Longmire
A terrific writer. Definitely one to keep an eye on. — Dennis Lehane
Fateful Mornings is that long-sought-after gem, the place where the literary meets the crime novel in beautiful symmetry. Henry Farrell is an existential everyman, as clueless as the rest of us about life’s meaning, and his so very human stumbling in search of the elusive truths is one of the many beauties of this fine novel.
— William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of the Cork O'Connor series and Ordinary Grace
My father always said that you can judge people by the way they keep their tools: clean and sharp or soiled and soft. Tom Bouman’s tools—the words he uses to make Fateful Mornings—cut straight and true, in this riveting mystery about a good man caught in the ruined Eden of rural America.
— Julia Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sorrow Road
An uncommonly intelligent whodunit, haunted by the presence of an unforgettable villain who slinks through the pages with the lubricious evil of Cape Fear’s Max Cady. With meditations on folk music, ornithology, and the art of timber-framing, Fateful Mornings is the kind of novel that feels more like a porch-sitting conversation with an old friend. Tom Bouman is my new favorite mystery writer.
— Nickolas Butler, internationally best-selling author of Shotgun Lovesongs, Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men
Bouman’s tender portrait of a widower remaking his life infuses his crime fiction with a level of intimacy that is both rare and winning. I was happy to ride shotgun with Henry Farrell again. — Attica Locke, author of Black Water Rising and The Cutting Season
Fateful Mornings is a haunting dissection of the broken heart of America.
— Val McDermid
Henry Farrell casts an eye both dry and weary. What he sees is a people no less troubled than their rust-belt landscape: drug addicts and drug dealers, drunks and grifters. In Wild Thyme, vice and virtue seem locked in an epic bar brawl of astonishingly high stakes, where the losers keep their money and the winners keep their souls. — Thomas H. Cook, Edgar Award-winning author of The Chatham School Affair
[A] vivid visit to a depressed region. — New York
Leisurely but hard-edged… Officer Farrell, who thinks a lot but speaks so little… proves to be excellent company. — Tom Nolan - Wall Street Journal
Rich and satisfying… [A] relentless thriller that reads like a literary novel. — Michael Sims - Washington Post
What makes this book—all of Bouman’s writing—so memorable, beyond the cunning plot and painful portrait of this ‘Rust Belt’ region, is the emotion invested in each scene....[I]rrestible characters make this book a compelling read. — Kingdom Books
Evocative… Appealing to fans of rural noir/grit lit and Julia Keller, Wiley Cash, and John W. Billheimer. — Library Journal
Poetic, pitch-perfect sense of place. — Publishers Weekly