With pacing set at perfection and a series of unforgettable characters, THESE SMALL-TOWN SINS is a chilling and addictive commercial thriller.

by Ken Jaworowki
Henry Holt, Summer 2023
(via Sterling Lord Literistic)

When volunteer firefighter Nathan finds millions in cash inside a burning building, he begins to question every decision he has made in his life. Meanwhile local nurse Callie makes a dangerous choice to take a dying patient on an adventure before it’s too late. Just down the road, former heroin addict Andy, devastated by losing his wife and daughter, unexpectedly finds the perfect target for his wrath in a local predator.
Set in small-town Pennsylvania, this Rust Belt thriller will appeal to fans of Daniel Woodrell’s
Winter’s Bone, Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan, and popular TV show Mare of Easttown.

Ken Jaworowski has been a Senior Staff Editor at The New York Times for 17 years, primarily covering the culture desk. He has also had a dozen short stories published in literary magazines, several of which were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. His plays have been produced in New York, London, France, Edinburgh, and elsewhere.

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