Monday, November 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Dragonfly Books

Dragonfly Books is thrilled to host Minnesota author Allen Eskens with his new novel The Shadows We Hide. Eskens will share his stories, talk about The Shadows We Hide, and sign books on Monday, November 26 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

A follow up to Eskens’ USA Today bestselling novel The Life We Bury, The Shadows We Hide (Mulholland Books 2018) is the riveting and insightful story of one man’s investigation into the murder of the father he never knew.

Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota. Mired in uncertainty, deceit, and lies, Joe must put together the pieces of his family history -- before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own.

Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury (Seventh Street 2014), The Guise of Another (Seventh Street 2015), The Heavens May Fall (Seventh Street 2016), The Deep Dark Descending (Seventh Street 2017), and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award, and Silver Falchion Award.

Eskens has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A program at Minnesota State University - Mankato, as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife in greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years.

If you find that you can't make it to this free event but would still like to purchase one of Eskens’ books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of our staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public.

The Shadows We Hide Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316509787
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - November 13th, 2018

Journalist Joe Talbert investigates the murder of the father he never knew, and must reckon with his own family's past, in this "brilliant sequel" to the national bestseller The Life We Bury (Publishers Weekly).


The Life We Bury Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616149987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seventh Street Books - October 14th, 2014

A USA Today bestseller and book club favorite! College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.

The Guise of Another Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633880764
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seventh Street Books - October 6th, 2015

Who was James Putnam? Answering that question may mean salvation for Alexander Rupert, a Minnesota detective whose life is in a serious downward spiral. A Medal of Valor winner, Alexander is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption.

The Heavens May Fall Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633882058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seventh Street Books - October 4th, 2016

FEATURING THREE CHARACTERS FROM THE BESTSELLING BOOK-CLUB FAVORITE THE LIFE WE BURY, THIS NOVEL EXPLORES A RIVETING MURDER CASE TOLD FROM TWO OPPOSING PERSPECTIVES. Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben.

The Deep Dark Descending Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633883550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seventh Street Books - October 3rd, 2017

A homicide detective hunts down his wife's killers while struggling between his thirst for revenge and a twinge of conscience forbidding him to take the law into his own hands. Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife’s death, even when he believed that a reckless hit-and-run driver was to blame.

Event Requests

If you are interested in scheduling an event, contact our Events Coordinator using our Event Request Form.