Then, a local girl disappears, catapulting the family headlong into a dead man's curve ...
For twenty years, Celia Scott has watched
her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets
surrounding his sister Eve's death.
As a young man, Arthur fled Kansas, moved
to Detroit, married Celia, and never looked
back-until the 1967 riots frighten him even
more than his past.
Returning to Bent Road, he and their oldest
daughter slip easily into rural life, but Celia
and their two younger children grapple with
loneliness and the brutality of life and death
on a farm.
2012 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author
2011 New York Times Notable Crime Book
"Writing with a delicate touch but great strength of purpose, Roy creates stark studies of the prairie landscape and
subtle portaits..." — The New York Times
"A remarkably assured debut novel. Rich and evocative, Lori Roy's voice is a welcome addition to American
fiction.”— Dennis Lehane
“...psychologically acute and breathtakingly suspenseful, burrowing into your brain with a feverish power all its
own.”— Megan Abbott
"Crisp, evocative prose, full-blooded characters, and a haunting setting make this debut stand out.”— Michael Koryta
"Don't be fooled by the novel's apparent simplicity: What emerges from the surface is a tale of extraordinary emotional
power, one of longstanding pain set against the pulsating drumbeat of social change."— Sarah Weinman, NPR
"Roy...proves herself to be a new talent to watch in the mystery genre. "Bent Road" is one of the best debuts of
2011."— Oline Cogdill, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
"...an impressive debut...compelling at each turn of the page." —.Colette Bancroft, St. PeteTimes
“...even the simplest scenes crackle with suspense.”— People Magazine
“This odd, dark and often creepy tale of a dysfunctional community and a family that fits right in will keep readers
wondering right until the last page.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This Midwestern noir with gothic undertones is sure to make several 2011 must-read lists.”— Publishers Weekly,
Edgar Award Winning Author of BENT ROAD and UNTIL SHE COMES HOME