Wednesday, February 25, 2009

All That I Have by Castle Freeman Jr.

Flap Copy:
"Wing is an experienced, practical man who enforces the law in his corner of Vermont with a steady hand and a generous tolerance. Things are not as they should be, however, in the sheriff’s small, protected domain. The outside world draws near, and threats multiply: the arrival in the district of a band of exotic, major league criminals; an ambitious and aggressive deputy; the self-destructive exploits of a local bad boy; Wing’s discovery of a domestic crisis. The sheriff’s response to these diverse challenges calls on all the personal resources he has cultivated during his working life: patience, tact, and (especially) humor. "

For such a short book, this novel is densely packed with imagery and pathos. Told from the perspective of local sheriff Lucian Wing, this tale of small town crime with big city implications is a deft character study. I was reminded of No Country for Old Men, but this tale was less dark (though no less gripping) and used wry humor to soften the building tension. As Wing unravels the crime, local troublemaker Sean makes waves in both the community, Wing's marriage, and in the case itself. The ending is superb, the writing crisp, and the characters deep- highly recommended with a definite 5 star rating.


bookfool said...

I thought No Country for Old Men was a wonderful book, (won't see the movie, I'm afraid they'll ruin it). Thanks to your very well done review, I have another book on my wish list.

Jenn Nixon said...

Hi Colleen,

I just saw the review you did for me on Amazon. Thank you SOOOOO much for the kind words!! I really appreciate it!