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A routine prisoner transfer on a rural highway ends with the bus upside-down in a ravine, the driver dead of a heart attack, and convicted murderer Ernie Luntz on the loose, his eyes fixed on the mountain range in the distance, over which lies his hometown of Ash Falls.Set in a moss-draped, Pacific Northwest mountain town, Ash Falls is the story of a closely connected community both held together and torn apart by one man's single act of horrific violence. As the residents of Ash Falls - which include Ernie's ex-wife and teenage son - wait on edge, wondering if and when Ernie Luntz will reappear, they come to discover that they are held prisoner not by the killer in the woods outside their town, but by the chains of their own creation.A tension-filled, multi-character exploration of collapsed relationships, carefully guarded secrets and the psychological strain of living in a place that is at once both idyllic and crippling, Ash Falls is a picturesque and haunting novel that belongs beside the work of such classic contemporary American writers as Kent Haruf, Leif Enger, Smith Henderson and Ron Carlson.

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Warren Read

Besides reading, writing and appreciating great films, Warren Read is a huge traveler. In the past 20 years, he's been able Southeast Asia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Russia, France, Germany, Guatemala and Belize, Morocco, China and the Galapagos Islands.

Warren is an assistant principal on Bainbridge Island, Washington and earned his MFA in creative writing through the Rainier Writing Workshop, via Pacific Lutheran University. He lives in nearby Kingston with his landscape designer and "plant nut" husband. They have three adult sons who are currently out reshaping the world, for better or worse.

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