"In M.P. Cooley's thrilling debut suspense novel, widowed FBI agent June Lyons returns to her hometown in the rust belt of upstate New York to take a job with the local police department; when she discovers a body in the frozen river, the investigation unmasks a sordid maze of politics, drugs, and an outlaw motorcycle gang, and June finds that still waters run deep in this small town"--
After rescuing a badly burned woman from an abandoned factory building, Hopewell Falls police officer June Lyons--while sifting through the factory's ruins--discovers the body of her partner's mother, which is linked to a cold case that will dangerously touch the lives of those closest to her.
"In Brooklyn, New York, in 2005, Ellen Portinari buys a lottery ticket on a whim; not long after, she realizes she's won a hundred-million-dollar jackpot. With a month to redeem the ticket, she tells no one but her alcoholic brother-a talented composer whose girlfriend has died in a terrorist attack abroad-about her preposterous good luck. As the clock ticks, Ellen caroms from incredulity to giddiness to dread as she tries to reckon with the potential...
As the collection's title suggests, time's passage is the fil rouge of these stories. All of Tabucchi's characters struggle to find routes of escape from a present that is hard to bear, and from places in which political events have had deeply personal ramifications for their own lives.