Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Chris Casey
very interesting book. A little bit hard to get into, but once
you have started, the characters involved keep you inthalled until
This is a tale of a puzzling character, Paul Bruin, who is an adventurous soul who trudges from place to place in the deep south but, is determined to end up where he started out, in Memphis, TN. He is, for the most part, a popular guy with both men and women. His adventures really started out with his family in a home on Horseshoe Lake, then on to Arkansas with some side trips: Florida State University, and then Mississippi. These were all way stations on the way back to Memphis. Oh, I almost forgot, he also left the comfort of college life and enlisted in the Marines.
I know that this sounds very convoluted, but the story is worth reading. He has a long list of antagonists including: a former friend from his high school days who has turned into a drug addict. This ex-friend really hates Paul and will stop at nothing to bring him down; a local TV news reporter that started out as a stewardess who was really friendly and made her way to muckraking reporting and also is romancing Paul's widowed father with the intention of becoming Paul's stepmother; a policeman who is after Paul for having a one night stand with his wife; and last but certainly not least an escaped convict who wants revenge against Paul for walking away with a large sum of mob money. Paul is framed by the policeman and sent to jail and while there writes a novel entitled "Bruin's Wake" which tells it like it is and names plenty of names that people recognize. These are all people and places that Paul remembers on his way back to Memphis.
There are many, many characters to keep straight but, Mr. Casey has written back stories for all of them so you can understand who they are and what part of the story they star in. I liked the book more and more as I got into it and Paul is a very likable character when you get to know him. He is very prideful to begin with but turns out to be a completely stand-up guy in the end. I remember going through Memphis about six years ago on the way to the west coast. We stopped at the shrine to Elvis but, the thing that took my breath away was going toward the Arkansas line, coming over a rise in the highway and seeing that beautiful gold pyramid. It takes your breath away. Good luck Mr. Casey and I'll be looking for your next book