Book Title: The Bones of Amoret - A Novel by Arthur Herbert
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 320 pages
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Stitched Smile Publications
Release Date: April 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 - no sex, explicit or otherwise; almost all violence is off-screen; mild profanity
In this enigmatic follow up to his critically acclaimed debut novel The Cuts that Cure, Arthur Herbert returns to the Texas-Mexico border with this saga of a small town’s bloody loss of innocence.
Amoret, Texas, 1982. Life along the border is harsh, but in a world where cultures work together to carve a living from the desert landscape, Blaine Beckett lives a life of isolation. A transplanted Boston intellectual, for twenty years locals have viewed him as a snob, a misanthrope, an outsider. He seems content to stand apart until one night when he vanishes into thin air amid signs of foul play.
Noah Grady, the town doctor, is a charming and popular good ol’ boy. He’s also a keeper of secrets, both the town’s and his own. He watches from afar as the mystery of Blaine’s disappearance unravels and rumors fly. Were the incipient cartels responsible? Was it a local with a grudge? Or did Blaine himself orchestrate his own disappearance? Then the unthinkable happens, and Noah begins to realize he’s considered a suspect.
Paced like a lit fuse and full of dizzying plot twists, The Bones of Amoret is a riveting whodunit that will keep you guessing all the way to its shocking conclusion.
I’ve previously read the paperback version of The Bones of Amoret and enjoyed it. The writing is strong, with a first-person narration, so I couldn’t wait to hear the audio. Eighty-four-year-old Doc Noah Grady, with his down-to-earth personality and sometimes flighty thought process, is as crisp and genuine as I expected.
It’s effortless to sink into this story. The 1982 southern Texas border setting of Amoret is strong, and the narration and the storytelling is superb. I’m not a fan of some of the language used, but it fits this genre and the authenticity of the characters.
Noah tells his story to a reporter, and I was so engaged I felt as if he was speaking to me. If you enjoy reading a twisty, turny, unpredictable small-town mystery, this is it! It introduces you to unforgettable characters, transports you to the 80s, and keeps you turning pages. The audio version of this story is unique, told with a strong southern narration that sets the tone perfectly.
Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book.
Arthur Herbert was born and raised in small town Texas. He worked on offshore oil rigs, as a bartender, a landscaper at a trailer park, and as a social worker before going to medical school. He chose to do a residency in general surgery, followed by a fellowship in critical care and trauma surgery. For the last eighteen years, he’s worked as a trauma and burn surgeon, operating on all ages of injured patients. He continues to run a thriving practice.
He's won multiple awards for his scientific writing, and his first novel, The Cuts that Cure, spent ten days as an Amazon #1 Best Seller. His second novel, The Bones of Amoret, will be released on April 1, 2022 through Stitched Smile Publishers. Arthur currently lives in New Orleans, with his wife Amy and their dogs.
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