Carolina Moonset (Hardcover)

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Carolina Moonset (Hardcover)


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I've been an avid mystery reader in the past, who hasn't really found a lot that I wanted to finish reading recently. Carolina Moonset filled the bill. Beaufort (one of those wonderful mispronounced place names like Carmel, Indiana and Saline and Milan, Michigan) is the setting, and I love mysteries about places that I have yet to visit.  It's between the coastal tourist meccas of Charleston and Savannah, with a legacy of shady development and racial injustice without reparations. Joey Green returns home to give respite to his overworked mom, who is caring for Joey's dad, a dying family doctor and a community icon, whose legacy Joey knows he will never live up to. His dad remembers the past better than what transpired an hour ago, and spills some uncomfortable and possibly dangerous secrets to Joey, which need to be connected. The entire (too brief) time that I spent reading this book, I could see the movie in my head.

— From Carla's Picks (2021-2022)

Both suspenseful and deeply moving, Carolina Moonset is an engrossing novel about family, memories both golden and terrible, and secrets too dangerous to stay hidden forever, from New York Times bestselling and Emmy Award-winning author, Matt Goldman.

Joey Green has returned to Beaufort, South Carolina, with its palmettos and shrimp boats, to look after his ailing father, who is succumbing to dementia, while his overstressed mother takes a break. Marshall Green’s short-term memory has all but evaporated, but, as if in compensation, his oldest memories are more vivid than ever. His mind keeps slipping backwards in time, retreating into long-ago yesterdays of growing up in Beaufort as a boy.

At first this seems like a blessing of sorts, with the past providing a refuge from a shrinking future, but Joey grows increasingly anxious as his father’s hallucinatory arguments with figures from his youth begin to hint at deadly secrets, scandals, and suspicions long buried and forgotten. Resurfacing from decades past are mysteries that still have the power to shatter lives—and change everything Joey thought he knew.

Especially when a new murder brings the police to his door...

Matt Goldman is a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen, and other shows. He brings his signature storytelling abilities and light touch to his Nils Shapiro series, which begins with Gone to Dust. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and whichever children happen to be around.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250810120
ISBN-10: 1250810124
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: May 31st, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English

Praise for Carolina Moonset

"First-class...The often amusing dialogue flows naturally, the emotional undercurrents ring true, and the mystery itself offers a full complement of suspects and motives. This novel about love, loss, and family ties isn’t to be missed." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Matt Goldman

“Goldman has an unerring ear for snappy dialogue and a poet’s eye for the beauty of nature. This is a compelling story of how the past is never truly the past, and how we make sense of the gifts that are offered us in every present moment. I loved this book.”—William Kent Krueger

“A writer to watch.” —Harlan Coben

“A perfect blend of light touch and dark story.” —Lee Child on Gone to Dust

“Goldman seasons the complicated puzzle with healthy doses of dry wit and meaningful secondary stories for his characters. ” Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Shallows