Author Wayne Zurl / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 269 Pages
This author lives in the area that the book is set in and has come from a career in law enforcement. So he is taking the ‘write what you know’ to heart. He has won several awards for his writing, so it must be working for him.
I did have an unpleasant reaction to the dialect of some of the country characters. I live in Knoxville, TN but I wasn’t raised here. So my feeling about the stereotyping isn’t as a personal insult.
Here’s a small dose:
“I s’pose she’s fixin’ to stay around here and mebbe bring some o’ her pur-verted women friends with her,” Mack said. “This world’s goin’ ta hell when ya got ta be subjectedsta the likes o’ her on the same streets good Christian folk walk on.”
The woman he is speaking about is country singer C. J. Profitt. She has been away from Prospect. She left the small town years ago and became famous. She also has a pretty large chip on her shoulder. She is out-of-the closet and doesn’t worry about anyone’s opinions about it. When she gets threatening letters, she throws them away. But the Mayor is not so certain they should be ignored. He asks Sam to look in to the mess and watch out for C.J. She does not make it an easy task.
Between the awards and 5 star reviews on Amazon, I felt like I should have enjoyed this book more than I did. I found myself skimming over three paragraphs of street turns. Other sections I skipped were pages of history that I am sure the author spent time researching. The dialogue seemed rather plain in spots. To be honest, I just finished reading another book that I really loved. Maybe it was just a hard act to follow.
My favorite line was actually a quote from Nero Wolfe novels, ‘Use your intelligence, guided by experience.’