Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Book Review: Damnation Falls

Title Damnation Falls
Author Edward Wright
Rating ****
Tags mystery, stand alone, tennessee, cumberland plateau, journalists 

Wright's John Ray Horne series is outstanding, so I read this stand alone out of desperation at not having any more John Ray Hornes to read.

Randall Wilkes has just ended his career as a Chicago journalist in disgrace. He comes back to his childhood home of Pilgrim's Rest, Tennessee, to write a biography of his childhood friend and former Tennessee governor Sonny McMahan. He is staying in Sonny's house when he finds the bodies of Sonny's mother and her young caregiver.

I didn't like this as well as the John Ray Horne series, but it was a good read. The characterizations were good, but some reactions didn't feel real to me. I think so many unnatural deaths in a small town would have created stronger reactions in the townspeople, and for one would have thought that the returning stranger would have been under more suspicion.

Publication Minotaur Books (2008), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date 2008
ISBN 0312380011 / 9780312380014

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