The Walkaway

The Walkaway

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The crime was unintentional and had no witnesses. The guilty could flee the scene, dispose of the body, keep the cash, and simply walk away. But actions have consequences. And even the most perfectly executed “walkaway” is followed by a shadow. . . .

On a snowy Christmas morning in 1979, Gunther Fahnstiel, travelling with his wife, accidentally backed his RV over a stranger, killing him instantly. In the poor soul’s car was a satchel containing plane tickets, a .22 caliber pistol, a bottle of Johnnie Walker, and more money than Gunther had ever seen in his life. For the debt-ridden old couple, it would indeed be a merry Christmas. But nobody can buy a happy ending. Especially Gunther.

Ten years later, under the scorching summer sun, seventy-seven-year-old Gunther walks away from his nursing home and sets off to find the hidden money. But he is not alone: hot on his trail is a former captain of the Wichita police, who is piecing together clues for two unsolved murders; a two-timing, whore-loving local developer, who sees dollar signs if the coot is captured; Gunther’s stepson, a former bouncer turned businessman whose curiosity is peaked by his mother’s creative accounting; and that very same mother (AKA Gunther’s wife), who risks her husband’s safety to keep their secret.

As the journey unfolds and the mercury climbs, another story emerges of a U.S. soldier returning to Wichita in 1952 under an assumed name to seek vengeance on his estranged wife. The young patrolman out to protect her is none other than Gunther Fahnstiel, whose actions will reverberate in the lives of all involved nearly half a century later.

Cops on the take, jealous husbands with scores to settle, hookers scratching by, cranky curmudgeons, assorted misfits, and a ugly whore named Beulah–all play intricate roles in The Walkway. With the same flair for dark humor and crime noir that heralded his bestselling debut, Scott Phillips returns with another accomplished novel of deceit, treachery, and old-fashioned greed.


Baker & Taylor
Ten years after ending up with a suitcase full of cash, Gunther Fahnstiel escapes from his nursing home to try to find the hidden money, with a young grifter seeking a fortune, his stepson, a detective investigating two murders, and his wife in hot pursuit.

Blackwell North Amer
On a snowy Christmas morning in 1979, Gunther Fahnstiel, traveling with his wife, accidentally backed his RV over a stranger, killing him instantly. In the poor soul's car was a satchel containing plane tickets, a .22-caliber pistol, a bottle of Johnnie Walker, and more money than Gunther had ever seen in his life. For the debt-ridden old couple, it would indeed be a merry Christmas. But nobody can buy a happy ending. Especially not Gunther.
Ten years later, under the scorching summer sun, seventy-year-old Gunther walks away from his nursing home and sets off to find the hidden money. But he is not alone: hot on his trail are a former captain of the Wichita police, who is piecing together clues from two unsolved murders; a two-timing, whore-loving local developer, who sees dollar signs if the coot is captured; Gunther's stepson, a former bouncer turned businessman whose curiosity is peaked by his mother's creative accounting; and that very same mother (aka Gunther's wife), who risks her husband's safety to keep their secret.
As the journey unfolds and the mercury climbs, another story emerges of a U.S. soldier returning to Wichita in 1952 under an assumed name to seek vengeance on his estranged wife. The young patrolman out to protect her is none other than Gunther Fahnstiel, whose actions will reverberate in the lives of all involved nearly half a century later.

Baker
& Taylor

Ten years after ending up with a suitcase full of cash, Gunther Fahnstiel escapes from his nursing home to try to find the hidden money, with a young grifter seeking a fortune, his stepson, a detective investigating two unsolved murders, and his wife in hot pursuit. By the author of The Ice Harvest. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780345440204
034544020X
Branch Call Number: F PHI
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 24 cm

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