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Reviewer Gordon Osmond : Gordon is a produced and award-winning playwright and author of: So You Think You Know English--A Guide to English for Those Who Think They Don't Need One, Wet Firecrackers--The Unauthorized Autobiography of Gordon Osmond and his debut novel Slipping on Stardust.

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By Gordon Osmond
Published on July 5, 2011
 

Author:Patrick M. Garry

Publisher:Kenric Books
ISBN:  978-0-9833703-0-7



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Author:Patrick M. Garry

Publisher:Kenric Books
ISBN:  978-0-9833703-0-7

Attending a high school reunion, successful Chicago attorney Thomas Walsh is reminded of a shameful episode in his past and consequently embarks on an elaborate course of action to atone for it. This conduct is consistent with Walsh's professional inclinations, which frequently feature the championing of underdogs and needy causes.

To say that "no good deed goes unpunished" is a rather tepid description of what Walsh suffers in pursuing his mission of recompense.

The novel is engaging on many levels. Walsh's relationship with his wife is complex and vivid in its description of a kind of ennui/cum/anger marriage which is apparently pandemic in the ranks of the affluent. Walsh's liaisons with younger women are well described exhibits to the phenomenon of male mid-life crisis. And revenge is always a reliable theme upon which to hang a story. Finally, the fact that photographs are central both to Walsh's original sin and his final crucifixion is nicely neat.

The novel unfolds in a non-linear fashion that keeps the tale taut but with some sacrifice to suspense. (I've had many arguments with those defending having Sunset Boulevard begin with the end of the story.) The distribution of text between dialogue and description is well balanced, and the author comes armed with a rich vocabulary and ample supplies of imaginative metaphors and similes.

The Price of Guilt has at its center a character that is difficult to evaluate clearly. He's a mixture of merits and demerits. In other words, he's human. And there is something quite moving about his becoming a victim of his virtues. At times, however, his gullibility and naïveté challenge credibility, but, as they say, "love is blind," or is it, in this case, "lust is blinder"? It would probably be a mistake to draw any political conclusions from the consequences of his pursuit of extreme liberal causes.

Those who have events in their lives that trouble them in memory might be persuaded to suppress them, for as Mr. Garry well tells, The Price of Guilt can be a very high one.

Patrick M. Garry is a professor at the University of South Dakota and have published seven novels. His previous novels have received various literary awards, including the Jack Eadon Award for Best Novel, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Fiction, two National Best Book Awards for Literary Fiction, an Editor’s Choice Award, an IBPP Next Generation Book Award, a National Indie Excellence Award for Fiction, and three International Book Awards for Literary Fiction

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