sometimes slow but all in all a good book
Barrow's debut novel is chock-full of all the thriller ingredients--suspense, sex, violence--that, when handled properly, virtually guarantee success. They're handled properly here. Norman Woodward, a brilliant failure of a man with a doctorate in English literature and a disturbed psyche, has just been released from prison, where he served 18 years for killing his wife. Michael, Norman's son, who was nine when he witnessed the killing, is handsome, rich, successful, and seemingly a pretty together guy despite the childhood trauma. After Norman's release, Michael takes him in, and the two appear to have made peace, albeit a somewhat stiff, uneasy one. Enter two characters who will impact the lives of the Woodward men significantly: Lizabeth Seaver, an attractive neighbor, who represents innocence, acceptance, and love, and Victor Flam, a vulgar but smart private eye who's out to make a name for himself. As the story gains momentum and hurdles toward its final pages, it becomes increasingly clear that the four characters are headed for a disastrous clash, but when it occurs, the horror of it will leave even the most seasoned reader gasping.
"Some of the best thriller writing you are likely to find." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Gripping, exciting. . .a finely crafted thriller." Grand Rapids Press
I have not read this book.