Joann Chaney Reading and Signing

“If you try to kill your wife without a plan, you will fail….A woman is killed, her husband is the first suspect. And with good reason. Men kill their wives, women kill their husbands—you can’t be tied to someone for any significant amount of time without at least considering knocking them over the skull with a baseball bat.”

So begins JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination what happens when you’re really, truly done making your marriage work, AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE (January 15, 2019).After 20 years of running the domestic marathon together—marriage, raising two girls and shipping them off to college, telling their fair share of white lies along the way—Matt and Marie go on a hiking trip to rekindle their romance. They walk along gorgeous trails, stay in snug cabins, and catch breathtaking views from steep mountain peaks. But the group gathered at the trailhead only sees one figure come back down the path. “My wife!” he shouts. “I think she might be dead!” Matt tells the park rangers that Marie fell off a cliff into the raging river below. The rangers start a search, but they aren’t hopeful. No one could have survived that fall. A tragic accident. But when a washed up old detective starts asking questions, he doesn’t like what he hears. The woman screamed “Please, don’t” on her way down. Matt had been married before. And his first wife also died unexpectedly. Is Matt a widower, or a cold-blooded murderer? Why does it always seem like it’s the husband?

With AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE, JoAnn Chaney celebrates and subverts the domestic thriller genre, playing a cat-and-mouse game with readers that will leave them reeling.

JoAnn Chaney is a graduate of UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program. She lives in Colorado with her family. She is the author of What You Don't Know, which was longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award and was one of BookRiot's Best Mysteries of the Year, and As Long As We Both Shall Live.

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
As Long as We Both Shall Live: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250076397
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - January 15th, 2019