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Reunion at Red Paint Bay (2013): Nothing New

George Harrar, Reunion at Red Paint Bay (Other Press, 2013)

Full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.


photo credit: Goodreads

Insert standard joke about not being able to hit the side of a barn.

I finished reading this book just before the turn of the new year, and here it is late April and I’m just starting to write a review of it; I’ve never really been able to come up with anything compelling to say regarding it one way or the other. It’s your basic thriller with pretensions to something larger (and while a number of reviews, notably Booklist’s, give away major spoilers in that regard, I will avoid doing so here in case you haven’t read those already), but it never quite gets there; it almost seems as if Harrar, once he’s finished with the setup, doesn’t know what to do with the payoff. Questions are raised, but not only are no answers forthcoming, I sometimes wondered if Harrar was certain exactly what questions he wanted to ask. None of which makes this an automatic pass-over, as the mystery/thriller angle is still solid, and the setup is good stuff. But when the cliff comes rushing up, Harrar didn’t even attempt to turn the wheel. ** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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