Gerrold Smith, a desperate father turned terrorist now facing triple life sentences, is only focused on doing time. But when his former hostage turned partner in crime, Melissa Cooper, offers to break him out of prison, events spiral rapidly out of control.
On the run toward Florida, the last-known location of Detective Bryce Rogan–a man who holds the key to bringing down the child-sex trafficking ring Gerrold’s reign of terror inadvertently exposed–Gerrold and Mel discover both the depths of their passion for one another as well as the lengths each will go to survive and bring to justice the corrupt power-brokers who helped ruin their lives.
Christopher J. Yates’s cult hit Black Chalk introduced that rare writerly talent: a literary writer who could write a plot with the intricacy of a brilliant mental puzzle, and with characters so absorbing that readers are immediately gripped. Yates’s new book does not disappoint. Grist Mill Road is a dark, twisted, and expertly plotted Rashomon-style tale. The year is 1982; the setting, an Edenic hamlet some ninety miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah—are bound together by a terrible and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty-six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves never could have predicted, the three meet again—with even more devastating results.