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A Welcome Murder by Robin Yocum

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Publishers Weekly gave a starred review to this novel that depicts a native son who returns to Steubenville, Ohio, on the Ohio River across from West Virginia. There he hopes to retrieve the drug money he stashed before he went to prison, but severe complications include the murder of the FBI informant who squealed on him and the return of a former cellmate with a very different agenda. The author is Robin Yocum whose last book garnered finalist status in the Edgar Awards and who received more than thirty journalism awards while working for the Columbus Dispatch. “Yocum constructs a madcap yarn around this epicenter of economic depression, shifting narrators across a handful of quirkly, hard-bitten residents.” – The Washington Post.   “Memorable oddball characters, whose ambitions collide with results ranging from comic to fatal, populate Yocum’s exceptionally clever novel.” – Publishers Weekly.


Amherst, New York: Seventh Street Books, 2017. 263 pages. Trade paperback