The Long Faraway Gone by Lou Berney is a standalone novel that examines two unsolved crimes from Oklahoma City and what happens 27 years later when the survivors try to discover the truth behind the tragedies (available February 10, 2015).
Lou Berney's The Long Faraway Gone starts 26 years ago in Oklahoma City, right before two crimes are about to be committed. The first crime is the murder of six movie theater employees – five of them teenagers – during a robbery. The second is the disappearance of a teenage girl during a summer fair. Both of these crimes wake up a city unused to such horrible events.
The story unfolds from multiple points of view. Berney begins the novel in the summer of 1986 from the point of view of Bingham, the movie theater manager of the movie theater before the robbery happens:
In summer, season of the Hollywood blockbuster, Bingham got to work at eight in the morning and didn’t leave until long after midnight. His only break from the movie theater was dinner at six – thirty minutes of blissful, beautiful solitude he spent parked out by the lake, eating fast-food tacos and listening to the water slop against the clay bank.
Through Bingham, we get to know the kids who work for him there and see a glimpse of his life. Then we see the robbery go down from his point of view. A boy named Wyatt is the only survivor, and no one knows why. Least of all him.