Everyone says the Elders family are nothing but cheats, thieves, and convicts—a fact nineteen-year old Jamie Elders has been trying desperately to escape. She may have the natural talent of a poker savant, but her dreams of going pro and getting the hell out of the tiny town of Blind River, New York are going nowhere fast. Especially once she lands in a huge pile of debt to her uncle Loyal.
At Loyal’s beck and call until her debt is repaid, Jamie can’t easily walk away—not with her younger brother Toby left at his mercy. So when Loyal demands Jamie’s help cleaning up a mess late one night, she has no choice but to agree. But disposing of a dead man and covering up his connection to the town’s most powerful judge goes beyond family duty. When it comes out that the victim was a beloved athlete and Loyal pins the murder on Toby, only Jamie can save him. But with a dogged detective on her trail and her own future at stake, she’ll have to decide: embrace her inner criminal, or defy it—and face the consequences.
Gale Massey was born on the west coast of Florida. A master’s level graduate of Georgia State University, she has received scholarships and fellowships at The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Writers in Paradise. Her flash fiction story The Train Runner was nominated for a Pushcart. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her family. The Girl From Blind River is her debut novel.
Praise for The Girl From Blind River:
“With this dazzling debut, Gale Massey arrives as a rare talent, a writer’s writer who should be read by the masses. The Girl From Blind River is a swift and thrilling story anchored by compelling characters and scored by graceful prose. The novel is both timeless and timely, and is sure to be one of the must-reads of 2018.”
—Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the most impressive debut novels that has ever come my way. Taut and vivid, it is beautifully textured and it announces the arrival of a very special writer whose work I expect to read for many years… A gem.”
—Steve Yarbrough, PEN/Faulkner Award-Nominated Author
“A fast-paced, impressive debut. In a gritty, yet poetic voice, Massey introduces us to the unforgettable Jamie Elders, a young woman desperate to escape her past but unwilling to leave it behind. From an exciting new author to watch, this debut is a definite addition to your 2018 must-read list.”
—Lori Roy, award-winning author of The Disappearing
“A tale you won’t forget.”
—Sterling Watson, award-winning author of Suitcase City
“A pitch-perfect page turner…Combining the beautiful prose of Daniel Woodrell with Sarah Waters’ keen eye for dramatic tension, Massey has delivered a debut novel that will leave you breathless, exhausted, and, as with any great writer, hungry for more.”
―Nick White, author of How to Survive a Summer