© 2016 by Donald Pfarrer

The book starts with a bang and ends with a shudder. I could not put it down, and I was sorry when it was over. Donald Pfarrer has written a great and important novel. 

—Roberto Mighty, filmmaker and director

The Picture is too familiar. In a small Midwestern city a black man's son is dead. The father believes a white police officer is the killer. Trapped by Circumstance and upbringing, these two strong and virtuous men are plunged by a single violent act into a drama of tragic inevitability.

...This is a book for our time.

—John A. Pope Jr.

A stunning achievement of the novelist's craft.

—Sidney Offit

 

This is a story about aspiration, race, rage and real life.

—David B. Offer

    The Fearless Man isn’t just a good war novel; it’s a great one.

    —Military Book Club 

It’s a quietly spectacular story about what we did in Vietnam, the best one yet, I think; a war story of great heft and breadth, that hovers in my mind somewhere between The Iliad and The Naked and the Dead.

    —Alan Cheuse

National Public Radio and Chicago Tribune

   ... one of the best of its kind.

    —Publisher’s Weekly

A complex, beautiful and masterful piece of work.

    —Ian Beetlestone

The Leeds Guide (UK)

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    Harrowing is the best way to describe Donald Pfarrer's new novel, A Common Ordinary Murder, a book in which he does for the crime novel what he did a few years back for the Vietnam War novel (in his masterly work of fiction called The Fearless Man).

    —Alan Cheuse

National Public Radio and The Chicago Tribune

With Questions of faith, faithfulness in marriage, wisdom, the nature of the human animal, trust and despair on almost every page, this novel about a murder reads almost like a whodunit by Tolstoy.

—Alan Cheuse

As Lieutenant McCord pursues the case, he is haunted by [Charles Carden's] journal, which forces him to examine the choices he has made in his own life...

As he digs deeper into the case he tests the limits of his marriage and his toughness.

    —Julie Bloom

The New York Times

The Combination of morality play and police procedural is compelling and a bit out of the norm in this age when a walk in the park can lead to a roll in the hay. 

—Maggie Harding

Bookreporter.com

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I’ve just finished Neverlight and I must tell you I’m impressed.  It’s certainly one of the finest novels about war I’ve ever read, and that includes A FAREWELL TO ARMS, etc.  The delicacy and tact of the writing are remarkable, and the whole character of Katherine is a great imaginative achievement.

—Paul Fussell, author of The Great War and Modern Memory

The dread, the exhilaration and the despair of decent men who find themselves at war vibrate through Neverlight.  But Mr. Pfarrer’s more important accomplishment is the clarity with which he renders the experience of a soldier’s wife who loves her man while hating his war.

—James Carroll, author of An American Requiem: God, My Father and the War that Came Between Us.