by Tom Piccirilli
Review by Gayle Surrette
Spectra Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 055358720x
Date: 31 May, 2005 List Price $5.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
From the first page, I found myself drawn into the story. The story hangs together but it's so convoluted, twisted, and just plain weird that it's hard to sort things out. Finally, you find yourself just going with it. Shad talks to his dead mother and her various companions when he night walks. His sister, or mostly her hand, seems to be directing Shads investigations as he sees her gesturing to him out of the corner of his eye.
Shads father has never recovered from the death of Shads mother. Then Megan's mother ran away to marry her own cousin. The relationships in this book are often convoluted since everyone in town seems to be related in several degrees to everyone else in town. Moonshine running is the biggest industry and most everyone is addicted to moonshine in one way or another. Shad, after drying out in prison, can taste the moonshine on the air and understands the hunger but won't give in to the temptation because finding out what happened to Megan takes priority.
From the beginning the plot is multi-threaded and convoluted. We begin to get glimpses of the town, its people, and Shad as he searches for answers. It's a quest story but not in the usual sense. Shad is looking to find the murderer but he's also looking to find himself. Prison has changed him, but can he resist getting pulled back into this town and its own history and story. Shad has a part to play but will he discover what that part is before it takes him over.