Annie McIntyre Mysteries #01: Pay Dirt Road

Annie McIntyre Mysteries #01: Pay Dirt Road
Samantha Jayne Allen
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h243 x 163mm - 304pg
19 Apr 2022 US
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9781250804273
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Friday Night Lights meets Mare of Easttown in this small-town mystery about an unlikely private investigator searching for a missing waitress. Pay Dirt Road is the mesmerizing debut from the 2019 Tony Hillerman Prize recipient Samantha Jayne Allen. Annie McIntyre has a love/hate relationship with Garnett, Texas. Recently graduated from college and home waitressing, lacking not in ambition but certainly in direction, Annie is lured into the family business--a private investigation firm--by her supposed-to-be-retired grandfather, Leroy, despite the rest of the clan' s misgivings. When a waitress at the cafe goes missing, Annie and Leroy begin an investigation that leads them down rural routes and haunted byways, to noxious-smelling oil fields and to the glowing neon of local honky-tonks. As Annie works to uncover the truth she finds herself identifying with the victim in increasing, unsettling ways, and realizes she must confront her own past--failed romances, a disturbing experience she' d rather forget, and the trick mirror of nostalgia itself--if she wants to survive this homecoming.

#01: Pay Dirt Road

[T]he Texas landscape, with its falling-apart houses and bedraggled bars, comes alive in this remarkable novel, reminiscent of Larry McMurtry' s The Last Picture Show. --Booklist, starred review A dark picture of hardscrabble Texas juiced by the heroine' s angst makes for a great debut. Here' s hoping for a follow-up. --KirkusRural noir has found a stunning new voice in Samantha Jayne Allen' s Pay Dirt Road, a pitch-perfect literary mystery as beautiful and thrilling as a summer storm. Channeling Veronica Mars by way of Mare of Easttown, waitress Annie McIntyre investigates the murder of a girl everyone wants to forget in her hometown of Garnett, Texas. With its haunted setting and uncompromising voice, Allen' s debut invokes the restless, melancholy backroads of the Lone Star State, ranking her with Kathleen Kent, Attica Locke, and the best of the new generation of Texas writers. --Amy Gentry, Bestselling author of Good as GoneFellow Georgia scribe, Samantha Jayne Allen, has written a brilliantly paced and breathless debut novel. Pay Dirt Road is a gorgeous blend of sweeping epic and small-town mystery. From the stark and hazy Texas backdrop to the sins of the past and secrets that come home to roost, the tension never lets up. This book will have your head spinning and your heart breaking. It' s hard to believe this is a debut novel. Pay Dirt Road is a perfect addition to the rural mystery genre. --Brian Panowich, Award-winning author of Bull Mountain, Like Lions &Hard Cash Valley"It' s no mystery why Pay Dirt Road won the Tony Hillerman Prize for best debut novel: its heroine, Annie McIntyre, is smart and complex, the family and small-town dynamics are richly layered, and the evocative language drops you directly into the gritty Southwest. Samantha Jayne Allen is a writer to watch. --Jess Lourey, Bestselling author of Unspeakable ThingsSamantha Allen has delivered a beauty of a debut novel with Pay Dirt Road. This is the best kind of literary thriller, every bit as compelling and hard-edged as we' d expect of a Tony Hillerman Prize winner, with real heart--and a scrapper of a heroine--at its core. Allen prowls this territory with the smarts and savvy of a seasoned veteran, and I look forward to seeing what this fine young writer does next. --Ben Fountain, New York Times bestselling author of Billy Lynn' s Long Halftime Walk
SAMANTHA JAYNE ALLEN has an MFA in fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has been published in Ellery Queen' s Mystery Magazine, The Common, and Electric Literature. Raised in small towns in Texas and California, she now lives with her husband in Atlanta. Pay Dirt Road is her debut novel.

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