A Brilliant Death


Product Details

Seventh Street Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.2 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Robin Yocum is the author of the 2017 Edgar(R) Award-nominated A Brilliant Death. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Favorite Sons and The Essay as well as Dead Before Deadline . . . and Other Tales from the Police Beat and Insured for Murder (with Catherine Candisky). The president of Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing firm in Westerville, Ohio, Yocum is well known for his work as a crime and investigative reporter with the Columbus Dispatch from 1980-1991. He was the recipient of more than thirty local, state, and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing.


FINALIST! 2017 Edgar(R) Award for Best Paperback Original

FINALIST! 2017 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award - Best Fiction Adult Mystery

FINALIST! Silver Falchion Reader's Choice Award: Best Mystery

"Part coming-of-age story, part cold-case mystery, A Brilliant Death does an excellent job of depicting life in an Ohio steel town. Robin Yocum has a knack for nuanced characters and spot-on dialogue. The changing timeline as the story unfolds will keep the reader guessing about Amanda's fate until the end of the novel, and Yocum's deft portrayal of Travis and Mitch's friendship makes A Brilliant Death an altogether charming read, despite the dark story framing it."

--Shelf Awareness for Readers

"[An] engaging coming-of-age mystery.... Travis is a fresh and lovely version of a familiar archetype--the poor kid with a smart mind, good heart, and the drive to stand up to injustice and make a better life for himself.... Yocum continues to write with great tenderness about small-town life in the Ohio River Valley."

--Booklist Online

"Yocum...creates so much sympathy for his characters in this coming-of-age tale that you hope for an alternate theory to what appears to be the ineluctable facts of a tragedy."

--Kirkus Reviews

"Smooth, understated writing.... Yocum paints a vivid scene, and the full flavor of this era and place are pure Technicolor."

--New York Journal of Books

"A Brilliant Death's rural 1970s setting is vividly drawn and populated with interesting characters.... [Mitch and Travis's] personal experiences--family, home--are different, but their shared adolescence, with its inherent angst, creates a recognizable landscape and captures an alluring image of humanity. The story is powerful."

--Mystery Scene

"The entire novel exists at the point where good crime fiction crosses well-executed young adult fiction and the result is a highly readable and altogether successful piece of writing."

--Toronto Star

"[An] engrossing coming-of-age mystery.... Vivid local color and a satisfying portrait of boyhood friendship."

--Publishers Weekly