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WSJ TALKS THRILLERS, CORRUPTION & ROBERTO TO THE DARK TOWER CAME

Wall Street Journal’s Tom Nolan talks about three novels that shine a light on corruption and danger in Latin America in his article, “News You Can Lose Your Life Over.” We were excited to see Tom Epperson’s powerful new novel, Roberto to the Dark Tower Came, at the top of the list. We hope you get a chance to read the article and check out Tom’s new book which releases on 5.29.18!

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“Mr. Epperson, a veteran screenwriter as well as a novelist, keeps readers guessing until the very last.” – Tom Nolan, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5.26.18

Roberto to the Dark Tower Came

Roberto to the Dark Tower Came

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Roberto, a young left-wing South American journalist, receives an ominous phone call: leave the country in ten days, or die. Roberto is being targeted because of a series of articles he’s written exposing government corruption and violence at the highest levels. Roberto believes the voice on the other end of the phone and has every intention of leaving, as soon as he follows a lead on a major story developing in the jungle: thousands of innocent lives are at stake. The book follows him on his perilous journey into the heart of darkness in pursuit of his story. Unknowingly, Roberto is headed toward a confrontation with an evil darker than he could possibly have imagined.

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  • Wall Street Journal, Tom Nolan – “Mr. Epperson, a veteran screenwriter as well as a novelist, keeps readers guessing until the very last.” – Full Article
  • Publisher’s Weekly – “A South American journalist makes his way into the deepest heart of darkness … Epperson immerses readers in a dense jungle seething with treacherous flora and fauna and murderous men, punctuating terror with startling moments of beauty.” – Full Review
  • Library Journal, Andrea Kempf – “Epperson’s  graphic depiction of the unmitigated brutality of the militias in the jungle is heart-stopping. While readers can’t help admiring Roberto’s investigative persistence, they will probably be shouting, “Get out before the ten days are up!” VERDICT This page-turning novel, which proceeds to tell the story of Roberto’s life day by day, will be enjoyed by readers who like their fiction dark.”
  • NORTHWEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE, PHILIP MARTIN – “It’s like Raymond Chandler and Joseph Conrad teamed up to write a thriller.” – Full Article & Interview
  • Paperback Paris, Melissa Ratcliff (4 stars) – “Haunting and tense, Roberto to the Dark Tower Came is an unexpected thriller at every turn. Full of mystery, suspense and even a bit of romance, Tom Epperson has managed to craft a fast-paced political thriller, full of twists, turns, and a very unexpected ending. Grounded in reality and full of meaningful lessons, Epperson will wow you with astounding revelations in a familiar format. From start to finish, Roberto to the Dark Tower Came was difficult to put down and remarkable to digest.” – Full Review
  • Reading & Literature Resources – “Roberto to the Dark Tower Came works as a thriller, for sure, but also a wider conversation piece about very real dangers and perils in the world today.” – Full Review

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Genres: General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller
Tags: allbooks, available, Backlist, Meerkat Press
ASIN: 1946154083
ISBN: 9781946154088
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Tom Epperson

Tom Epperson is a native of Malvern, Arkansas. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an M.A. in English from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, then headed west with his boyhood friend Billy Bob Thornton to pursue a career in show business. Epperson’s co-written the scripts for One False Move, A Family Thing, The Gift, A Gun, a Car, a Blonde, and Jayne Mansfield’s Car. His book The Kind One was nominated in 2009 for both the Edgar Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. His second novel, Sailor, was published in 2012. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stefani, three pampered cats, and a frisky dog.

Website: www.tomepperson.com
Blog: www.tomepperson.com/blog

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Folk Songs

★ Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

Publishers Weekly weighs in on Keith Rosson’s debut story collection, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, with a wonderful starred review! The collection releases in February 2021 but is available now for preorder.

With this excellent collection of 15 jagged, fragmented pieces, dark fantasist Rosson subverts expectations and challenges his characters and his readers alike to second-guess their preconceptions. Evil is just as likely to spring from daily life as to lunge out of the supernatural in these disquieting tales.

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Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

With Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson delves into notions of family, grief, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he’s explored in previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Brad Benske and the Hand of Light,” an estranged husband seeks his wife’s whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.

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Eugen Bacon

Foreword Reviews Weighs in on The Road to Woop Woop by Eugen Bacon

We were thrilled to learn that Eugen Bacon’s THE ROAD TO WOOP WOOP & OTHER STORIES was reviewed in the upcoming January/February issue of the magazine!! Reviewer Tanisha Rule’s insightful comments made our heart sing! Be sure to check out the magazine for the full review!

The short stories of Eugen Bacon’s The Road to Woop Woop contort in the audience’s imagination because of their original imagery, unique turns of phrase, and refreshing, diverse cast … Smart, ambitious, and daring … masterful in combining science fiction with reality, resulting in an unforgettable storytelling experience.

FOREWORD REVIEWS | TANISHA RULE
The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories

The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories

Eugen Bacon’s work is deemed cheeky with a fierce intelligence in text that’s resplendent, delicious, dark and evocative. NPR called her novel Claiming T-Mo ‘a confounding mysterious tour de force’. The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories imbues the same lushness in a writerly language that is Bacon’s own. This peculiar hybrid of the untraditional, the extraordinary within, without and along the borders of normalcy will hypnotise and absorb the reader with tales that refuse to be labelled. The stories in this collection are dirges that cross genres in astounding ways. Over 20 provocative tales, with seven original to this collection, by an award-winning African Australian author.

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Eugen Bacon

Locus Magazine Reviews The Road To Woop Woop By Eugen Bacon

Ian Mond at Locus Magazine reviewed Eugen Bacon’s stunning new collection, The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories in the November issue of the magazine. The review was in depth and insightful and the magazine is definitely worth checking out if you aren’t already subscribed.

Bacon’s passion for language and her willingness to play with the short-story form, to never settle on one type of narrative or genre, makes this an exciting collection that’s well worth picking up.

LOCUS MAGAZINE | IAN MOND
The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories

The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories

Eugen Bacon’s work is deemed cheeky with a fierce intelligence in text that’s resplendent, delicious, dark and evocative. NPR called her novel Claiming T-Mo ‘a confounding mysterious tour de force’. The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories imbues the same lushness in a writerly language that is Bacon’s own. This peculiar hybrid of the untraditional, the extraordinary within, without and along the borders of normalcy will hypnotise and absorb the reader with tales that refuse to be labelled. The stories in this collection are dirges that cross genres in astounding ways. Over 20 provocative tales, with seven original to this collection, by an award-winning African Australian author.

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