Debut novelist Matt Lennox is an exciting new voice on the literary scene. His first novel, The Carpenter, is a suspenseful, tightly plotted story set in a god-fearing small town in the eighties, rife with poisonous secrets, grudges passed on through the generations, and a dark undercurrent of crime.
The story weaves together three central characters, whose shared history and questionable decisions cause their lives to collide. Leland King has just been released after eighteen years behind bars. Sober and intent on a new start in life, he nevertheless soon finds himself dragged back into gangster life. Leland’s nephew Pete is an eighteen year old high school drop-out, intelligent but bored and desperate to leave town and his pastor step-father—until he meets a girl. Stan Martland is a retired cop, who stumbles across a dead girl in a car and is convinced despite the evidence that her death was no mere suicide.
Combining elements of southern gothic fiction with classic noir, The Carpenter is a riveting redemption tale, rendered all the more intense for Lennox’s uniquely direct style.