Angels Burning, Tawni O'Dell Angels Burning. On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian countryside where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community. But beneath her badge lies a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen. [More]
Back Roads, Tawni O'Dell Back Roads. Harley Altmyer should be in college drinking beer and chasing girls. He should be freed from his stifling coal town with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead he’s marooned in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters after the shooting death of his physically abusive father and the arrest of his mother. His existence has become a joyless, exhausting blur of day care, mac and cheese dinners, working two minimum wage jobs, and monthly prison visits to a once-devoted mother who seems not only resigned but glad to have handed over the reins of parent and homemaker to her young son. As he sees it, his life is “lousy with women. All ages, shapes, sizes and levels of purity.” Frustrated, overwhelmed, plagued by violent fantasies and trapped by feelings of love and duty, he’s a guy in an impossible situation: an orphaned child with the responsibilities of an adult and the fiery, aggressive libido of a teenager. [More]
One of Us, Tawni O'Dell One of Us. Dr. Sheridan Doyle—a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist—is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago. [More]
Fragile Beasts, Tawni O'Dell Fragile Beasts. Klint Hayes is a troubled high school baseball star burdened by the weight of an entire town’s hopes for redemption and glory along with a terrible secret of his own. His younger brother, Kyle, is a bright, artistic boy, a victim of place and class who has to conceal his talent and idealistic nature in order not to be ostracized by the proud, bitter remnants of the dying blue collar world in which he lives. The two boys are suddenly faced with the trauma of their father’s violent death and the return of a mother who left them years earlier and now wants to take them away from the only home they’ve ever known. [More]
Sister Mine, Tawni O'Dell Sister Mine. Shae-Lynn Penrose drives a cab in a town where no one needs a cab—but plenty of people need rides. A former police officer with a closet full of miniskirts, a recklessly sharp tongue, and a tendency to deal with men by either beating them up or taking them to bed, she has spent years carving out a life for herself and her son in Jolly Mount, Pennsylvania, the coal-mining town where she grew up. [More]
Coal Run, Tawni O'Dell Coal Run. In a town haunted by a deadly mine explosion that took the lives of almost half the male population thirty years earlier, the reverberations are still being felt in the current generation of survivors, among them the narrator Ivan Zoschenko, the local deputy and fallen football legend, “the Great Ivan Z,” whose father died that day. His pro career sidelined by an injury, Ivan now spends his days dispensing his own unique form of occasionally wise, usually comic, almost always dangerous justice and his nights drowning his regrets and guilt in a bottle. His story takes place during a week’s time while Ivan is seemingly preparing for an old teammate’s imminent release from prison. [More]