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TWO DAYS GONE
The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.
"An absolute gem of literary suspense, pitting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances
and told in a smooth, assured, and often haunting voice, Two Days Gone is a terrific read."
- Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead
A literary page-turner about a beloved college professor accused of murdering his entire family, and one small-town cop's dangerous search for answers.
Thomas Huston, a beloved professor and bestselling author, is something of a local hero in the small Pennsylvania college town where he lives and teaches. So when Huston's wife and children are found brutally murdered in their home, the community reacts with shock and anger. Huston has also mysteriously disappeared, and suddenly, the town celebrity is suspect number one.
Sergeant Ryan DeMarco has secrets of his own, but he can't believe that a man he admired, a man he had considered a friend, could be capable of such a crime. Hoping to glean clues about Huston's mind-set, DeMarco delves into the professor's notes on his novel-in-progress. Soon, DeMarco doesn't know who to trust—and the more he uncovers about Huston's secret life, the more treacherous his search becomes.
Two Days Gone is a masterful, taut literary suspense novel filled with stunning prose—an upmarket page turner that will break your heart as much as it will haunt your dreams.
Sourcebooks Landmark (January 2017) 400 pages
Italian rights sold to Mondadori and Russian rights to AST
Randall Silvis is the author of over a dozen novels, one story collection, and one book of narrative nonfiction. His essays, articles, poems and short stories have appeared in numerous online and print magazines. His novel An Occasional Hell was adapted for a major motion picture. His work has been translated into 10 languages.
*The New York Times Sunday Book Review included Two Days Gone in Marilyn Stasio’s Crime Fiction column on The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction, calling it “ [a] chilly suspense read” and Book Page named it a Top Pick in Mystery, and a Top 10 Notable Book for January: “A Gripping new literary thriller…It’s literature posing as a mystery, like works from Attica Locke or Louise Penny.”
*Independent Book Sellers made it a January Indie Next Pick!
*To date it is sold over 36,000 copies of Two Days Gone! Sales remain strong with 500 copies sold through Bookscan outlets last week—it is the top new trade paper mystery title at Barnes & Noble in 2017!
* Audio rights, large print rights as well as Bulgarian, Czech, Italian and Russian rights have been sold so far.
"As DeMarco, who's a lot better at butting heads with station commander Sgt. Kyle Bowen, the supervisor he used to supervise before his demotion, than at detective work, struggles to make sense of Huston's behavior, Silvis intercuts his inquiries with glimpses into Huston's tantalizingly underspecified memories of the fatal night until the two men finally collide in the first of several memorable lurches into resolution. Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page."- Kirkus review
"Randall Silvis' Two Days Gone is a smart, twisting, vividly written thriller anchored by two deeply flawed yet fascinating protagonists. Yes, the novel provides cat-and-mouse suspense as a horrific murder in a college town is investigated, but it's also a deeply rewarding story about friendship, family, fame, and the complicated relationship between readers and writers. Anyone who wants to dismiss thrillers as mere genre fluff should read Two Days Gone." - David Bell, author of Since She Went Away
Library Journal January 2017
This novel revolves around two men with nothing in common: one a famous writer and professor, the other a disheartened detective. Yet, a bond is formed between the pair that will be stretched to the breaking point. Sgt. Ryan DeMarco arrives at a horrific crime scene—Thomas Huston’s butchered wife and children. All signs point to the disappeared professor as the murderer. DeMarco cannot accept that his friend would do something so evil, not when he seemed to love his family so much. DeMarco is a wonderfully flawed protagonist, barely keeping his head above water after losing his son years earlier. This loss has caused his life to spiral out of control, which is why he finds it so unbelievable that Huston snapped and threw all he had away. So what happened that night, and why is Huston on the run? As DeMarco traces the suspect’s steps and delves into a half-finished manuscript Huston left behind, he starts to uncover a tangled web of lies, deceit, and wrongdoing. VERDICT Silvis (The Boy Who Shoots Crows) has given us a suspenseful, literary thriller that will resonate with readers long after the book is finished. A terrific choice for Dennis Lehane fans. [See Prepub Alert, 7/18/16.]—Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD
Randall Silvis. Sourcebooks Landmark, $15.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-4926-3973-2
In this skillfully written thriller set in western Pennsylvania from Silvis (On Night’s Shore), Thomas Huston, a respected Shenango College professor and acclaimed author, appears to have murdered his wife, Claire, and their three children in their beds. Huston recently lost both his parents. Did he snap? Sgt. Ryan DeMarco, a state policeman and a friend of the suspect—who’s coping with his own personal tragedy—takes the case hoping to find some answers. On the Shenango campus, he meets a student, Nathan Briessen, who steers him to information about a novel that Huston was researching. Literary references to Nabokov and Poe, some meta-moments about characters and writers, fiction and truth, as well as DeMarco’s complicated relationship with his wife, Laraine, add seasoning to the plot. By alternating between Huston and DeMarco’s narratives, Silvis nimbly puzzles out what took place on the night of the multiple murders, and what it means to go on after a loss. Agent: Sandy Lu, L. Perkins Agency. (Jan.)
Issue: November 1, 2016
Two Days Gone.
Silvis, Randall (Author)
Jan 2017. 384 p. Sourcebooks/Landmark, paperback, $15.99. (9781492639732).
One of the two leads in this impressive novel is author Thomas Huston; the other, Ryan DeMarco, is a policeman who quotes poetry and is flattered to be the writer’s friend. Both men live in close relation to language, and that would seem to be a requirement for readers’ complete enjoyment of Silvis’ ambitious take on crime fiction. Huston’s novels are both popular and respected, and he has a snug berth on the faculty of an English department. A beautiful family, too. So why did he kill them? And if he didn’t, why has he vanished? DeMarco has a feeling that a solution to the mystery, as well as a key to his friend’s whereabouts, lies in Huston’s novel-in-progress. This leads him, much to his surprise, into a world of strip clubs and trailer parks—and to phrases like, “all the night’s litter emptied now of its noise and bluff and whiskey-ed bravado.” These literary interludes glow, but to the restless, they may serve to weigh down an intriguing thriller. On the other hand, readers with patience and a taste for sumptuous language will find the novel a treat.— Don Crinklaw
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