||Making his way home from Vermont after a one-night-stand gone wrong, model-train specialist Denny Braintree is mistaken for a missing local and hesitantly assumes a new personality before he is wrongly accused of murdering his would-be lover. By the O. Henry Award-winning author of Double Negative.
||Bumbling but imperturbable model-train enthusiast Dennis Braintree wrecks his car in Montpelier, Vermont, where, after a night with Marge, a drunken floozy who shared his jacuzzi, swung from his chandelier, and then disappeared while he was out on a condom-run, he finds himself wanted for her murder. Fortunately the locals all think Dennis is absent local boy Homer Dumpling, a role that Dennis dives into with gusto. David Carkeet's delightful and absurdist crime caper creates a snowball effect of outrageous scenarios that stretch Dennis's masquerade to the limit.
|Editors Note 2
||A unique comic mystery from the beloved author of Double Negative David Carkeet's previous novels have been covered in glory by critics and gained him a loyal following, but in From Away he has created a masterpiece-a brilliant comic novel that is also a finely wrought mystery. Denny Braintree, a wisecracking loner devoted to model trains, finds himself stranded in late-winter Vermont. His night at the hotel begins with promise, but then his prospective one-night stand walks out on him. Leaving town, Denny is mistaken for lookalike Homer Dumpling, a popular native son who mysteriously disappeared from town three years earlier. Instead of correcting the mistake, Denny dons his new identity as easily as a Vermonter's winter fleece, and a good thing too--the woman he had hoped to sleep with has turned up dead, and Denny is the chief suspect. As Denny tries to unravel the mystery, he struggles to hide his true identity from Homer's increasingly suspicious circle of family and friends, including Homer's prickly girlfriend. In Denny, Carkeet has crafted a fast-talking bumbler whose instinct for survival will face the ultimate challenge, with readers cheering him on all the way.