Phillip Martin talks to Tom Epperson about his new novel, Roberto to the Dark Tower Came, in a fascinating and enlightening article, “Epperson Novel Has Allusions.”
Full Article & Interview
Roberto is a lot like Epperson’s two previous novels, 2008’s The Kind One and 2012’s Sailor, both cinematic hard-boiled crime novels that simultaneously revel in and subvert the conventions of the Los Angeles detective novel. But it’s also more ambitious, a quest set in an unnamed (but in some ways recognizable) South American country. It’s like Raymond Chandler and Joseph Conrad teamed up to write a thriller. -Phillip Martin, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Roberto to the Dark Tower Came
Now available in paperback!
Roberto, a young left-wing South American journalist, receives an ominous phone call: leave the country in ten days, or die. Roberto is being targeted because of a series of articles he’s written exposing government corruption and violence at the highest levels. Roberto believes the voice on the other end of the phone and has every intention of leaving, as soon as he follows a lead on a major story developing in the jungle: thousands of innocent lives are at stake. The book follows him on his perilous journey into the heart of darkness in pursuit of his story. Unknowingly, Roberto is headed toward a confrontation with an evil darker than he could possibly have imagined.
- Wall Street Journal, Tom Nolan – “Mr. Epperson, a veteran screenwriter as well as a novelist, keeps readers guessing until the very last.” – Full Article
- Publisher’s Weekly – “A South American journalist makes his way into the deepest heart of darkness … Epperson immerses readers in a dense jungle seething with treacherous flora and fauna and murderous men, punctuating terror with startling moments of beauty.” – Full Review
- Library Journal, Andrea Kempf – “Epperson’s graphic depiction of the unmitigated brutality of the militias in the jungle is heart-stopping. While readers can’t help admiring Roberto’s investigative persistence, they will probably be shouting, “Get out before the ten days are up!” VERDICT This page-turning novel, which proceeds to tell the story of Roberto’s life day by day, will be enjoyed by readers who like their fiction dark.”
- NORTHWEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE, PHILIP MARTIN – “It’s like Raymond Chandler and Joseph Conrad teamed up to write a thriller.” – Full Article & Interview
- Paperback Paris, Melissa Ratcliff (4 stars) – “Haunting and tense, Roberto to the Dark Tower Came is an unexpected thriller at every turn. Full of mystery, suspense and even a bit of romance, Tom Epperson has managed to craft a fast-paced political thriller, full of twists, turns, and a very unexpected ending. Grounded in reality and full of meaningful lessons, Epperson will wow you with astounding revelations in a familiar format. From start to finish, Roberto to the Dark Tower Came was difficult to put down and remarkable to digest.” – Full Review
- Reading & Literature Resources – “Roberto to the Dark Tower Came works as a thriller, for sure, but also a wider conversation piece about very real dangers and perils in the world today.” – Full Review
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