A Far Gone Night
To Be Published on… 9 September 2014
Published as… Mystery
John Carenen’s Boom Baby Blast
1. One Random Fact: My best friend shot me in the head when we were kids.
2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: Robert B. Parker’s Spenser
3. Your Authorial Theme Song: “Johnny Angel” by Shelley Fabares
4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Seeing my imagination in print.
5. Name of Your First Pet: Dudley (English Bulldog)
6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: I prefer silence. There’s enough noise in my head, I don’t need more.
7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Early Riser. I guess 4:40 AM qualifies for that designation.
8. Favorite Season: Definitely autumn. I mean, colorful trees, college football, and the World Series. What’s not to like?
9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: No, because when I was a kid I wanted to be a lone cowboy, righting wrongs. Then I wanted to play left field for the Red Sox, but I couldn’t hit a curve ball. So about 10th grade I made up my mind to write. So I did.
About the Book
Suffering from insomnia, wise-cracking tough guy Thomas O’Shea goes for a late-night stroll through the peaceful streets of Rockbluff, Iowa, and finds himself pausing downtown on the bridge that spans the Whitetail River. When he glances downstream, something catches his eye…something that looks like a body. He scrambles down to the riverbank, pulling the body of a young girl from the water. The girl is naked, with two bullet holes in the back of her head. Ever suspicious of law enforcement, O’Shea chooses not mention the bullet holes when Deputy Stephen Doltch, on routine patrol, discovers him at the river’s edge. When the coroner’s report lists the cause of death as “drowning,” Thomas goes into action.
Confronting the coroner, he is met with hostility. But then the coroner and his wife disappear, along with the body of the dead girl. Once again, Thomas gears up to find answers that will reveal who put the bullets in the girl’s head, why she was killed, and her identity, which may hit a little too close to home.
Teaming up with his friend Lunatic Mooning and Clancy Dominguez, an old buddy from his Navy SEAL days, Thomas and the other two men join together to bring justice to the dead girl, a quest that takes them to the Chalaka Reservation in Minnesota, seedy businesses adjacent to the Chalaka Casino, and straight into the world of organized crime.
A fast-paced story, laugh-out-loud moments and familiar, quirky characters from Carenen’s debut novel, Signs of Struggle, contribute once again to the complex world of Thomas O’Shea. Enter…if you dare.
About the Author
John Carenen, a native of Clinton, Iowa, graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been writing ever since. His work has appeared in numerous popular and literary magazines, and he has been a featured columnist in newspapers in North and South Carolina. A novel, Son-up, Son-down was published by the National Institute of Mental Health.
His debut Thomas O’Shea mystery novel, Signs of Struggle, was published in October of 2012. A Far Gone Night, the long- anticipated sequel, continues the exploits of the enigmatic protagonist and the quirky characters of Rockbluff, Iowa.
John is currently an English professor at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. He and his wife live in their cozy cottage down a quiet lane in northern Greenville, South Carolina. He is a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston Red Sox.