Lou Berney is the author of two previous novels-Whiplash River, nominated for an Edgar Award, and Gutshot Straight, nominated for a Barry Award-as well as the collection The Road to Bobby Joe and Other Stories. A television and film screenwriter, he also teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University.
"The two key players in Lou Berney's superb regional mystery suffer from separate but equally crushing cases of survivor guilt . . . Berney tells both their stories with supreme sensitivity, exploring the `landscape of memory' that keeps shifting beneath our feet." -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review "The Long and Faraway Gone is that rare literary gem -- a dark, quintessentially cool noir novel that is both deeply poignant, and very funny . . . as hip, hilarious, and entertaining as it is wrenching, beautiful, and ultimately redemptive." -- Huffington Post "Berney's novel is most truly a thoughtful exploration of memory and what it means to be a survivor. Elegiac and wistful, it is a lyrical mystery . . . with a deep, wounded heart. Read it." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Focused, very insightfully, on love, loss, and memory . . . fully realized creations that readers won't soon forget. A genuinely memorable novel of ideas." -- Booklist (starred review) "Will raise a lump in the throat . . . the leads' struggles are portrayed with painful complexity, and Berney, fittingly, avoids easy answers." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A tour de force built around two tragedies ripped from the headlines of this newspaper . . . should top the bestseller lists in our local bookstores, but is deserving of national acclaim." -- Oklahoma City Oklahoman "This is crime fiction at its absolute best . . . deeply insightful and beautifully written . . . squarely in the ranks of powerhouses such as Lippman and Lehane." -- Crimespree Magazine "So much to love here . . . easy to read yet difficult to forget. . . Berney is a mighty fine wordsmith whose name should be mentioned more often than it is during discussions of new bright lights in the literary world." -- Bookreporter.com "Multi-faceted, layered, intense, alive-if you read only one crime novel this year, this should be the one." -- Sara J. Henry, Anthony Award-winning author of A Cold and Lonely Place "With sharp wit and prose that brings the 80s to life in all its stone-washed glory, Lou Berney tells a complex story of characters struggling to make sense of life . . . Affecting, funny, and unfailingly honest, The Long and Faraway Gone is an extraordinary book." -- M.P. Cooley, author of Ice Shear "Berney takes you places you're not sure you want to go and brings you out again with a sure hand. It's a satisfyingly complete deep-dive into a complicated history, with not only suspense but a compelling resolution." -- Carrie La Seur, author of The Home Place