Doug Crandell is a maestro in multiple
genres: the author of critically acclaimed
true crime books, devilishly charming
memoirs, and tragicomic works of fiction
about small-town life that are leavened in
equal measure with poignancy and humor.
Enter They’re Calling You Home,
Crandell’s latest novel. This is the story
of Gabriel Burke, a writer who is alienated
from everyone he loves for exposing a
discomforting family secret in a bestselling
memoir. Divorced from his wife, estranged
from his daughter, loathed by his alcoholic
brother, Burke must confront all of them
when he returns to his hometown in Smallwood,
Indiana to chronicle the story of a
gruesome mass murder there.
Thus begins this intricately woven tale
of redemption and forgiveness, of men
paying the wages of masculinity, of sons
coming to grips with the sins of their
fathers, and of one writer grappling with
the burdens of journalistic integrity.
Throughout this deftly crafted work,
secrets present a hall of mirrors through which Burke must constantly navigate:
the secret of his father’s sex crimes, the
furtive steps his family takes to deny
them, and the surreptitious efforts of state
and local officials as they try and cover up
the murder case he’s investigating.
road trip, part who-dunnit, part voyage of
self discovery, Crandell’s moving novel is
ultimately the story of a journey in which
the only possible destination is its starting
point — home.