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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Call a Man Cold" by Tom Wright

Copyright © Celine Chamberlin
Remember how I said Tom Wright could easily use Blue Falling and its strong cast of characters as the beginning of a series of books, and that even a prequel would work well? Evidently Dr. Wright already knew that. Because I have just finished reading the prequel to Blue Falling.

Call a Man Cold is another excellent book, though of course by this point I am not surprised. Dr. Wright takes us back to the fictional town of Traverton, Texas, where we witness the chaotic events that culminate in Lieutenant James Bonham's willingness to finally retire from the police force. Sure, that's how this book ends, but I promise that's not a spoiler; if Blue Falling is to be published first, the reader goes into the prequel knowing that Bonham ends up retired somehow. It's finding out how that's all the fun. And when I say fun, I mean fun in the way that only a gruesome and adrenaline-filled murder mystery can be.

It will be interesting to see how these books are marketed. Of the four books, Call a Man Cold and Blue Falling are a matched pair of Texas murder mysteries. Not to disparage them, because they are excellent, but I would label them as genre fiction. Keep the Devil Dancing and What Dies in Summer, while retaining the air of mystery, suspense, and secrets, add a coming-of-age element and would be classified as literary fiction.

I will let you know as soon as any announcements are made!


Amy said...

Hi Kathy! I just discovered your blog and really like it. I am also interested in Classic Literature, and yet somehow I haven't read any of your latest reviews! I'm excited to keep up with your suggestions and opinions while I press on with my own literary quest.

(If you're interested... )

Kathy said...

Hi Amy! I'm so glad you've found my blog! I love the classics and have quite a few of them on my wish list, but I hope you're not too disappointed when I post about non-classics. :P