Untouchable by Scott O’Connor is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received a perfect 5 out of 5 stars based on 9 customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/rdr9rN into your computer’s web browser.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
In his first novel, UNTOUCHABLE, Scott O’Connor speaks softly and somehow manages to make something beautiful of unspeakable matters–like the gruesome mop-up after someone has taken a gun to his head. These are the matters that fall to David Darby, a strapping fellow with an armful of tattoos and a sensitive attitude toward his job as a trauma site technician. If Darby’s profession has made him something of an untouchable, his young son has become a pariah at school because he refuses to speak, a self-imposed punishment after the death of his mother. (“He had,” he’s convinced, “made her sick and sad.”) O’Connor tells a wisp of a story, but in a voice so insistently stirring, you want to lean in close to catch every word.–New York Times Book Review
It is the autumn of 1999. A year has passed since Lucy Darby’s unexpected death, leaving her husband David and son Whitley to mend the gaping hole in their lives. David, a trauma-site cleanup technician, spends his nights expunging the violent remains of strangers, helping their families to move on, though he is unable to do the same. Whitley – an 11 year-old social pariah known simply as The Kid – hasn’t spoken since his mother’s death. Instead, he communicates through a growing collection of notebooks, living in a safer world of his own silent imagining.
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