Nothing More Dangerous

Nothing More Dangerous Review

In a small town where loyalty to family and to “your people” carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition.

After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn’t being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.

Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady’s life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins--a black family settling into a community where notions of “us” and “them” carry the weight of history--forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he’s taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.

But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.

As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town, and he is forced to choose sides.

Title:Nothing More Dangerous
Edition Language:English

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  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***GREAT ESCAPE BOOK, GET LOST IN THIS AMAZING NOVEL***I don’t often cry at movies or while reading books, but I did with this one!! Also stayed up until 2:00 a.m., I had to finish it!This is the th...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    5+ stars! 2019 Favourites List!Boady (love that name!) is a fifteen-year-old boy who lives with his widowed mother on a remote dirt road in their small town. Hoke, an older man, lives next door and sp...

  • Susanne  Strong

    5 Gut-Wrenching, Profound, Impactful and Incredibly Moving Stars.Some novels immediately grab your attention by their thought provoking storylines. Some have incredible character development. Some hav...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Traveling Friends December/January Pick!! The title here draws from the quote, "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." by Rev. Martin Luther Ki...

  • Kaceey

    Beautifully written, this author has a true gift for crafting words. Like a literary painting. Allen Eskens has the ability of drawing in a reader so deeply you feel side-by-side with the characters, ...

  • Debra

    "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -Martin Luther King, Jr.Fifteen-year-old Broady Sanden is growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowe...

  • Diane S ?

    Prejudice and greed is very present in the 1970s, in this small Missouri town. The beginning opens with a missing black woman, who had worked is said to have made off with the money she stole, from th...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I have to tell you a little secret...Allen Eskens is one of my favorite authors for mystery thrillers. He is top notch, friends. I read and then listened to The Life We Bury, and I have kept going fro...

  • Dem

    3.5 Stars A lovely coming of age story set in a small Southern town called Jessup, Missouri in the 1970s. It’s a thought provoking and emotional read and just an all round good entertaining story T...

  • Paige

    “Boady, the men who beat and murdered those people for all those years, do you think they simply disappeared because someone passed a law?” An African-American woman, Lida Poe, goes missing in ...