Richard A. Thompson
Poisoned Pen, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
can always count on a
Poisoned Pen Press
publication to be a winner.
outdoes this claim. In his debut effort, Richard A. Thompson runs quickly past the onus of
a really good read without the clichés and stumbles that plague first time novelists.
erman Jackson, a bail bondsman in St. Paul, escaped a bad rap in Detroit and settles down to a quieter life. But when a young woman - who came to him for help for her brother - is run down in the street, he can't stop himself from getting involved in what turns out to be a murder. Action jumps to the forefront and stays there through the whole of
. Herman is given to introspection as he examines his own or others' actions and his one-liners alone are worth the read. Gypsies are involved, as is a centuries-old violin. Incidentally, as it is vital to the story, readers gain insight into the world of the Rom as well as the art of the
, a maker of violins.
erman has an uncle in prison, who somehow or other manages to help him in the form of Rosie, a diner owner in a small town who throws up her life to join his. Their rambles together lead them into more and more danger until the surprising ending. A good plot, interesting characters, a great backdrop, a cursed violin, a crooked cop, and good writing. What more can a reader want? Hopefully, this is the first of a series.
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