When a college student is assigned to write a biography of a stranger, he does not expect how drastically his life will change. Joe Talbert, intending to complete a project for his English class, soon finds himself trying to learn more about his subject Carl Iverson, a Vietnam veteran who is later convicted of murder in Minnesota. Joe and his neighbor Lila work on discovering the truth about Carl, but find that others do not want the real story told.
Carl’s story is not the only one causing drama in Joe’s life. He’s also helping care for his autistic younger brother, handling his dysfunctional mother, and facing his own dark memories.
A long-time criminal defense attorney, Allen Eskens turned his hand toward fiction a few years ago. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, received a number of awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Edgar Award for mystery novels. Eskens lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The public was invited to attend a free evening with the author at DeWitt Library on the campus of Northwestern College. This event was held on Thursday, November 7, 2019.