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the guilt we carry

Since the tragic accident that brutally ended her childhood, Alice O’Farrell has been haunted by her past. After her complicity in her younger brother’s death, Alice runs away from home, lives on the streets, and drowns her guilt with alcohol. Everything changes when she finds a duffel bag containing nearly one hundred thousand dollars and seizes the opportunity to make a new life. However, Alice quickly finds herself having to escape circumstances far more harrowing than her own past. Sinclair, the rightful owner of the duffle bag, wants his money back, and a merciless manhunt ensues. Sinclair is a formidable opponent, relentless, shrewd, and brutal. When the lives of those closest to her are threatened, Alice is eventually faced with her day of reckoning.  In the end, The Guilt We Carry is a story about redemption and forgiveness, but at what cost?

“[With] a Cormac McCarthyan pair of bad guys...Fans of country noir will be right at home as Gailey builds the grit-soaked suspense.”Booklist

“[A] gripping tale of redemption…Gailey does a superior job of making his flawed lead sympathetic.”Publishers Weekly

“…the Breaking Bad of the book world.”New York Journal of Books

 
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deep winter (hardcover)

In the small town of Wyalusing, a woman is found brutally murdered one winter night. Next to the body is Danny Bedford, a misunderstood man who suffered a tragic brain injury that left him with limited mental capabilities. Despite his simple life, his intimidating size has caused his neighbors to ostracize him out of fear of what he may do. So when the local bully-turned-deputy discovers Danny with the body, it's obvious that Danny’s physical strength has finally become deadly. But in the long, freezing night that follows, the murder is only the first in a series of crimes that viciously upset the town order--an unstoppable chain of violence that appears to make Danny’s guilt undeniable. With the threat of an approaching blizzard, the local sheriff and a state trooper work through the predawn hours to restore some semblance of order to Wyalusing. As they investigate one unspeakable incident after another, they discover an intricate web of lies revealing that not everything is quite what it seems.

“Beautifully written but deeply disturbing.” The New York Times Book Review

“Enthralling and suspenseful…” –Esquire Magazine

 
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deep winter (paperback)

With echoes of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan and Tana French’s In the Woods, Samuel W. Gailey’s Deep Winter is a richly atmospheric and ingeniously plotted debut, surprising to the final page. It’s impossible to escape this bone-chilling story of deception, where the truth is uncertain and something sinister lurks just below the surface. . .

A dark, gripping debut novel of literary suspense that The New York Times and critics describe as “beautifully written, suspenseful and fast-paced.”