Distant Sons

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$29.00  $26.97
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
6.3 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Tim Johnston is the author of the novels Descent, The Current, the story collection Irish Girl, and the young adult novel Never So Green. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the recipient of the 2015 Iowa Author Award and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
"Tim Johnston has once again raised the bar for the literary thriller. Distant Sons is elegant and edgy, refined and complex. It excavates the truth from the darkest recesses of the past and shines a light towards the possibility of a redemptive future."--Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women and Sing Her Down
"Tim Johnston returns in dazzling form with DISTANT SONS, an intricate, haunting novel sure to resonate with fans of Dennis Lehane, Peter Heller, and James Lee Burke. Johnston's plot is tense and his pacing swift, but he's after bigger game here, with questions of identity, intentions, and legacies merging in a tale that will linger long after it is finished. He's also one of the finest prose stylists in the game, stacking polished sentences with a master's touch. Don't miss this one." --Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of An Honest Man
"Tim Johnston's Distant Sons is the kind of novel that inspires writers like me to want to step up our game. His prose is both elegant and raw, with characters so real you want to sit down and have a beer with them. Mr. Johnston is a writer with a gift, and if you haven't had the pleasure to read him, I highly recommend picking up this book."--Allen Eskens, bestselling author of The Life We Bury and Forsaken Country
"This book kept me up at night. Eerie, unsettling, and addictive."--Ash Davidson, author of Damnation Spring
"A slow-burn novel that quietly elevates the fragile codes of honorable men."--Kirkus Reviews
"An exceptional novel."--Library Journal
Named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2023 by Kirkus Reviews, Novel Suspects, The Rap Sheet, & Thoughts From A Page Podcast
"Distant Sons is a mystery about a serial killer, yes, but it's also not that at all: It's a heartbreaking story about family, failure, and the fallout from violence. Tim Johnston has crafted a riveting novel that takes us into struggling blue collar America, and locates the hope hidden inside devastating loss. A beautiful book."
--Janelle Brown, bestselling author of Pretty Things
"Richly satisfying... Three-dimensional characters and a multilayered--though not overly complex--plot make this small-town saga sing. Johnston continues to impress."--Publishers Weekly
"Complex characters and a slow-burning plot distinguish this literary thriller about a Wisconsin town's unsolved mystery and the outsider who uncovers buried truths."--People
"[E]loquent and riveting... Johnston expertly crisscrosses these lives in a poignant novel that is both character-driven and action-packed."--Shelf Awareness
"[A] suspenseful route through the emotions and changes of sons and fathers... a revelation about the cost and sometimes benefit of being flawed humans who care about others and struggle to find a way forward. That's easily twice as good as a simple crime novel."--New York Journal of Books
"Johnston brings the same attention to his novels that he does to his carpentry... a patient focus on the little things that matter, whether he's describing a chair in an interrogation room or plumbing the depths of a character's heart."--The Capital Times
"[S]hocking, beautiful and captivating."--SheReads
"[An] exceptional whodunit... Johnston is a talented and intelligent writer... This Tim Johnston fellow, he's the good stuff."--Washington Independent Review of Books
"[A] wonderfully told story. Johnston had me fully invested... He masterfully wove together two distinct timelines and two completely different stories into one seamless gem of a novel that I highly recommend."--Novel Visits
"The secrets run deep in the eloquent crime novel... a moving tale of friendship, attraction and long-term loss, told with quiet grace and emotional precision."--Washington Post
"Set in struggling blue-collar America, Johnston's newest novel, Distant Sons, will strike a chord with fans of Peter Heller, Liz Moore and Cormac McCarthy."--Columbus Dispatch
"Tim's writing -- lovely, smart, dark -- reminds me a bit of Peter Heller, Dennis Lehane, and Ivy Pochoda..."--Blood & Whiskey (Neal Thompson Substack)