Mysterious Book Report No 55

So, how did everyone in Grahamsville do with Steve Hamilton last week?  You know, the Edgar award winner.  He signed books on Friday, the fifteenth of June at the Daniel Pierce Library.  I hope you all turned out in large numbers.

We’re continuing with the Edgar winners this week, reviewing the 2012 recipient of the Best Book Award.  He’s a British author named Mo Hayder, and his novel is Gone, (Atlantic Monthly Press, $24.00, 416 pages, ISBN 978-0802119643).  This novel is the latest installment of an ongoing series featuring inspector Jack Caffery and Sergeant Flea Marley.  They have had an almost, but not quite, romantic relationship because she’s concealing a hit-and-run accident by her brother, which resulted in the death of a young woman in a previous novel.  The primary plot of the new book revolves around a carjacking, in which an 11 year old girl is taken.  It’s a routine case until Caffery, with Marley’s prompting, recalls two other unsolved cases of carjack-kidnappings . . . and the chase is on for a serial criminal, who’s abducting, and likely murdering, young girls of 10 to 12 years old.

At first, the novel is character-driven, and frankly, I found it to be a little on the tedious side.  I had to prod myself to keep reading long enough for the plot to pick up the pace a little.  And pick up the pace it does, so well in fact, that by the last quarter of the book I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough . . . it had turned into a barn-burner.  Should you choose to read it, and you had better be a patient reader if you do, the ending is so exciting, so dynamic, and so good, that you, like me, will understand just why the Edgar judges named it the Best of the Best for 2012.

Do you know . . . of course you do . . . that the rest of the best can and will be found at your local public library?  They can.  You’ll see.  If you go, to the library.

I hope that by now, some of you out there in the crowd are regular visitors and users of my website:


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Signed copies of The Neversink Chronicles are available at Cannie D’s Corner Store in Neversink, the Time and the Valleys Museum Store in Grahamsville, The Little Store in Roscoe, and at  Regular copies are at Amazon or your favorite bookstore.

Rhyolite Press will be bringing out two more titles for mid-summer reading:  The Drift, an environmental thriller, by Bert Entwistle and The Whim Wham Man, a coming of age story and murder mystery by John Dwaine McKenna.  Further details as they become available  will be here in this space and on the above website.

That’s it for this week.  I’ve got to start writing my other blog.  It’s called BS & Donkey Dust.  You can see it on my website, or by liking me on Facebook, and you’ll receive them each Tuesday, rain or shine.  How’s that summer reading going?  See you next week with a brand new MBR