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He settles down, rents an apartment, adopts two kittens and secures a law license. He becomes a regular at a local pool halls, makes some new friends, and falls in love with the owner, Angel. But some of Angel's other customers are desperate, broke, and in need of money - and they don't know how to get it. Eventually, the ringleader browbeats some of his fellow pool enthusiasts into ripping off a grocery store. In the aftermath, in an argument over money, one of them kills another.
Max is assigned to defend the man who murdered his cohort. The rest of the story involves some moving passages showing how the families of the surviving crooks coped. Max must create a reasonable defense for a nasty and unrepentant criminal, whom everyone knows is guilty. The story that unfolds is amazing - and unlike any other thriller that I've ever read. I recommend this book highly. - Mary Devlin, author of MURDER ON THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMAGE and THE LEGEND OF GOOD WOMEN
Bill, hope you're writing the next one! I'll be looking for it.
Are there really people who could pull off a notable robbery in a small city, turn around and blow large chunks of the loot the next day, and go undetected, even though they are shiftless and known to hang around together? It turns out that they didn't get away with it but not because of their mindlessness about staying below the radar. Another form of stupidity, uncontrolled dissension, did them in. That's all I'll say about the book theme.
A warning: The author, Bill Durham, uses vivid blue language and graphic sex scenes to punctuate his story. There's really no need for it because his writing skills would carry the day without all the explicit behavior. As I assign the characters' names to my acquaintances, some of whom are dedicated to bad language and bedroom heroics, I can't really say they carry on in the vivid manner described by Durham. And I'm no prude.
What Durham does in exemplary fashion is develop characters and scenes with clarity and realism. I suggest you keep a bottle of water nearby as you read to wash the dirt and grit of the Texas Panhandle from your gullet and wrap up against the blustery wind before the blistering heat bakes your brain. The author describes it all in glorious and true-to-life detail.
He is also talented in presenting dialogue. The reader can appreciate Texas colloquialisms, laconic drawls, redneck obscenity and grammar unique to New York City natives. Durham touches them all with authenticity. Some of the conversations seemed forced and a little too flowery but the tendency was easy to overlook in the wealth of the language generally portrayed.
The description of Angel and Max's early morning horseback ride through the country outside Amarillo was, I thought, a standout example of excellent writing. I also got to know Bailey, the half-wolf, with affection and admiration, although I suspect that an animal like that is highly unlikely to exist.
I recommend you get this book, read it, and try to assign the personalities in it to your acquaintances. It was fun for me and I suggest you will appreciate the skill used by Bill Durham in developing his characters.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
The plot is interesting, the characters are just plain fascinating, and the pace is excellent.
The technique of making the town a character was a great idea and works to tie everything together.
Recommended to all, any reader will enjoy this book.
All that said the main reason I wrote this is in the hopes that the author reads reviews and to implore him to continue writing, thank you for a wonderful book.
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