After a grueling career as a New York City journalist rendered him cynical and sick of newspapers, Jack McMorrow thinks he's found a proper place to recharge--Kennebec, Maine. But what he finds is a small town with big problems. The bars are populated with the long-term unemployed, the river is polluted, and the downtown is crumbling. If that's not enough, as a reporter covering the courthouse, he is thrust into a messy situation in which a shoddy assistant prosecutor causes the death of a woman Jack has come to know. Though his intent was to escape such unseemly altercations, Jack jumps into the fray with a fervor, emerging with unexpected results.
Burned-out reporter Jack McMorrow has taken to the Maine woods, where bird-watching and beer drinking occupy his days. His nights are occupied by social worker Roxanne, who can't abide his laggardly ways, prompting McMorrow to take a part-time job as court reporter for the Kennebec Observer. It's in court where he first meets Donna Marchant, a single mother with an abusive boyfriend. McMorrow reports on Donna's case, and though he uses no names, the small-town citizens know who's who. Soon Donna is murdered, and McMorrow feels responsible. He presses the case over the objections of a self-serving district attorney and even Roxanne, frightened by the part of McMorrow that is energized by danger. The first two McMorrow books were good; this one is even better. After some early tentativeness, author Boyle has found McMorrow's voice; it is only a matter time until he finds his audience.
Book Condition: Read 1X - Good Overall, Few Creases on Spine & Covers, NO Writing or Highlighting, Some Shelf Wear on Edges/Corners/Spine, Slight Sloping, Some Age Tanning & Soil on Edges.