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The Quiet Streets of Winslow

A Novel

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February 10, 2015 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 272 Pages | ISBN 9781619024700
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“As each of the primary characters tells his version of events, Troy’s subtle but emotionally wrenching prose raises deeply provocative questions about loyalty, morality, human frailty and the power of choice.” —Kirkus Starred Review

 

When the murdered body of a young woman is found in a river wash in Black Canyon City, Arizona, Deputy Sheriff Sam Rush launches an investigation that leads deeper and deeper into the mystery of her death and the psychological complexities of identity. Nate Aspenall, the young man with whom the murdered woman had been involved, is forced to confront the facts of her life, those of his own, and the future with her that he has lost. Travis Aspenall, Nate’s fourteen year-old stepbrother, must come to grips with what love and sex do to people, the choices people make when threatened with loss, and what you’re left with when what you thought you knew and trusted has been thrown into doubt.

As the investigation takes Sam north to Winslow and Holbrook, Arizona, and brings Nate temporarily back to Black Canyon City, solving the mystery becomes more complicated. Additional suspects emerge, and nobody is telling the truth. Sam finds that the victim’s haphazard life was dangerous, and her relationship with Nate anything but straight-forward. As for Nate, his time in Black Canyon City is running out, and his family is no longer certain of his innocence. In the midst of all this, Travis struggles to grow up.

Taking place in gorgeous Winslow, Arizona—a setting that becomes a fully realized character in this beautiful story—The Quiet Streets of Winslow offers a murder mystery interwoven with love stories and unforgettable voices, a masterful return for Judy Troy.

About Judy Troy

JUDY TROY is the author of Mourning Doves, which was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, West of Venus, a New York Times Notable Book, and From the Black Hills, an ALA Booklist editor’s Choice. she won a Whiting Writers’ Award in 1996, and lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her family.

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“Long-absent Troy (West of Venus) returns with a desert-tinted triptych featuring three narrators. Deputy Sam Rush works an investigation of the murder of virgin/whore Jody Farnell; Nate Aspenall, a prime suspect in the murder and Jody’s would-be lover, thinks existentially; and teen Travis Aspenall observes all, including his own coming-of-age story. The characterizations are sharp and distinct, the prose straightforward and elegant.” —Library Journal

“As each of the primary characters tells his version of events, Troy’s subtle but emotionally wrenching prose raises deeply provocative questions about loyalty, morality, human frailty and the power of choice.” —Kirkus Starred Review

“A quiet, intelligent literary whodunit.” —Publishers Weekly

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