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The Never-Open Desert Diner - A Novel

James Anderson

A singularly compelling debut novel, about a desert where people go to escape their past, and a truck driver who finds himself at risk when he falls in love with a mysterious woman. Ben Jones lives a quiet, hardscrabble life, working as a trucker on Route 117, a little-travelled road in a remote region of the Utah desert which serves as a haven for fugitives and others looking to hide from the world. For many of the desert's inhabitants, Ben's visits are their only contact with the outside world, and the only landmark worth noting is a once-famous roadside diner that hasn't opened in years. Ben's routine is turned upside down when he stumbles across a beautiful woman named Claire playing a cello in an abandoned housing development. He can tell that she's fleeing something in her past-a dark secret that pushed her to the end of the earth-but despite his better judgment he is inexorably drawn to her. As Ben and Claire fall in love, specters from her past begin to resurface, with serious and life-threatening consequences not only for them both, but for others who have made this desert their sanctuary. Dangerous men come looking for her, and as they turn Route 117 upside down in their search, the long-buried secrets of those who've laid claim to this desert come to light, bringing Ben and the other locals into deadly conflict with Claire's pursuers. Ultimately, the answers they all seek are connected to the desert's greatest mystery-what really happened all those years ago at the never-open desert diner? In this unforgettable story of love and loss, Ben learns the enduring truth that some violent crimes renew themselves across generations. At turns funny, heartbreaking and thrilling, The Never-Open Desert Diner powerfully evokes an unforgettable setting and introduces readers to a cast of characters who will linger long after the last page.

A singularly compelling debut novel, about a desert where people go to escape their past, and a truck driver who finds himself at risk when he falls in love with a mysterious woman. Ben Jones lives a quiet, hardscrabble life, working as a trucker on Route 117, a little-travelled road in a remote region of the Utah desert which serves as a haven for fugitives and others looking to hide from the world. For many of the desert's inhabitants, Ben's visits are their only contact with the outside world, and the only landmark worth noting is a once-famous roadside diner that hasn't opened in years. Ben's routine is turned upside down when he stumbles across a beautiful woman named Claire playing a cello in an abandoned housing development. He can tell that she's fleeing something in her past-a dark secret that pushed her to the end of the earth-but despite his better judgment he is inexorably drawn to her. As Ben and Claire fall in love, specters from her past begin to resurface, with serious and life-threatening consequences not only for them both, but for others who have made this desert their sanctuary. Dangerous men come looking for her, and as they turn Route 117 upside down in their search, the long-buried secrets of those who've laid claim to this desert come to light, bringing Ben and the other locals into deadly conflict with Claire's pursuers. Ultimately, the answers they all seek are connected to the desert's greatest mystery-what really happened all those years ago at the never-open desert diner? In this unforgettable story of love and loss, Ben learns the enduring truth that some violent crimes renew themselves across generations. At turns funny, heartbreaking and thrilling, The Never-Open Desert Diner powerfully evokes an unforgettable setting and introduces readers to a cast of characters who will linger long after the last page.
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A singularly compelling debut novel, about a desert where people go to escape their past, and a truck driver who finds himself at risk when he falls in love with a mysterious woman. Ben Jones lives a quiet, hardscrabble life, working as a trucker on Route 117, a little-travelled road in a remote region of the Utah desert which serves as a haven for fugitives and others looking to hide from the world. For many of the desert's inhabitants, Ben's visits are their only contact with the outside world, and the only landmark worth noting is a once-famous roadside diner that hasn't opened in years. Ben's routine is turned upside down when he stumbles across a beautiful woman named Claire playing a cello in an abandoned housing development. He can tell that she's fleeing something in her past-a dark secret that pushed her to the end of the earth-but despite his better judgment he is inexorably drawn to her. As Ben and Claire fall in love, specters from her past begin to resurface, with serious and life-threatening consequences not only for them both, but for others who have made this desert their sanctuary. Dangerous men come looking for her, and as they turn Route 117 upside down in their search, the long-buried secrets of those who've laid claim to this desert come to light, bringing Ben and the other locals into deadly conflict with Claire's pursuers. Ultimately, the answers they all seek are connected to the desert's greatest mystery-what really happened all those years ago at the never-open desert diner? In this unforgettable story of love and loss, Ben learns the enduring truth that some violent crimes renew themselves across generations. At turns funny, heartbreaking and thrilling, The Never-Open Desert Diner powerfully evokes an unforgettable setting and introduces readers to a cast of characters who will linger long after the last page.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirby Heyborne

Length:

10h 16m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:26


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:53


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:34


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:39


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:37


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:21


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:44


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:27


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:06


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:51


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:30


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:12


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:11


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:37


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:41


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

00:36