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mystery, New Jersey, revenge, corruption, family ties, friendship, memory, crime, betrayal, redemption
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A SINGLE REGRET is a murder mystery set on the post Hurricane Sandy Jersey shore.
At thirteen, Jimmy Miller killed his father in retribution for murdering his mother. Twenty years later, he returns home because of the murder of his childhood best friend, Dillon Abernathy. Jimmy learns that Gavin, a classmate turned junkie, is charged with murdering Dillon, a scenario Jimmy doesn’t find plausible, so he decides to pursue leads the police won’t.
Told in first person past tense, A SINGLE REGRET follows Jimmy as he unearths the secrets behind his friend’s death and also learns the truth behind the destruction of his own family. As in Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River, the novel examines how childhood ties shape perceptions in ways that are both true and false. Jimmy is forced to evaluate his own sense of bitterness and learn how to forgive his own mistakes and those of others.
Ehlen, Jason, "A Single Regret" (2016). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2511.