Club Book: the book club rewritten

Author Allen Eskens to Speak at Prior Lake Library
Lawyer-turned-novelist Allen Eskens burst onto the thrillers scene in 2014 with his “compulsively suspenseful” (Bookpage) mystery The Life We Bury. This literary debut won the former defense attorney the genre’s prestigious Barry Award, the Rosebud Award for Best First Novel – and put him in contention for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, and half a dozen others. The Life We Bury has since been published in sixteen languages and optioned for a feature film adaptation. Eskens’ follow-ups, The Guise of Another (2015) and The Heavens May Fall (2016), follow some of the same characters. The latter won the 2017 Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Eskens’ newest book, The Deep Dark Descending, debuts in October. It centers around homicide detective Max Rupert – a protagonist already known to Eskens fans – as the veteran cop struggles to balance his professional integrity with a desire for personal vengeance after the shocking revelation that the hit-and-run accident that killed his wife was no accident after all.

This FREE event will be held at the Prior Lake Public Library/Club Prior, located at 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. in Prior Lake. Seating is first-come first served, and doors will open 45 minutes before the program begins. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Arrive early to guarantee your spot!

Interested in reading some of Eskens’ works before or after the Club Book program? 

The library owns all of his works in a variety of formats including book, large print book, audiobook on CD, and both downloadable eBook and eAudiobook formats. The Life We Bury is also available as a book club kit that you can check out.  Each kit contains 10 copies of the book, discussion questions and author information, and you can check out the kits for 6 weeks. View all his content on our catalog.


Club Book is a program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and is coordinated by Library Strategies, the nonprofit consulting group of the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.  The program is made possible through Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.