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by Seventh Street Books, 5 April 2016. ISBN: 978-1-63388-128-0 (PB)
From the publisher:Amanda Baron died in a boating accident on the Ohio River in 1953.Or, did she?While it was generally accepted that she had died when a coal barge
rammed the pleasure boat she was sharing with her lover, her body was never
found.Travis Baron was an infant when
his mother disappeared.After the
accident and the subsequent publicity, Travis’ father scoured the house of all
evidence that Amanda Baron had ever lived, and her name was never to be uttered
around him.Now in high school, Travis
yearns to know more about his mother.With the help of his best friend, Mitch Malone, Travis begins a search
for the truth about the mother he never knew.The two boys find an unlikely ally: an alcoholic former detective who
served time for falsifying evidence.Although his reputation is in tatters, the information the detective
provides about the death of Amanda Baron is indisputable - - and
dangerous.Nearly two decades after her
death, Travis and Mitch piece together a puzzle lost to the dark waters of the
Ohio River.They know how Amanda Baron
died, and why.Now what do they do with
writing is terrific.Mitch Malone, the
protagonist, in the book’s Prologue talks about his maternal grandfather, who
died at 42.The local doctor said it was
from a massive heart attack, but “my father said that anyone who knew my grandfather
realized he died of acute estrogen exposure.”
family had settled in the coal mining community west of the Ohio River
Valley.He had a wife and nine
daughters, including a set of triplets.Mitch relates the story, which begins in the summer of 1953 in the town
of Brilliant, Ohio (from whence comes the title) and continues, for the most
part, through June of 1971.His best
friend, Travis, was the only child of Francis “Big Frank” Baron, a violent man,
abusive, physically and emotionally, to his son, and his wife, Amanda, whose
death starts the tale.
Frank was “an old man whose best days had been lost to time and alcohol . . .
big, mean, paranoid, hateful . . . who sleeps with a .45 caliber semiautomatic
pistol on his nightstand.”But beyond
this singular character, the novel is peopled with a wide variety of colorful
folks with colorful names, e.g., “Turkeyman” Melman, “a muttering, squatty
little man in constant need of a shave and a bath.”Then there is the sheriff, Beaumont T.
fascinating plot is one whose outcome the reader, or this one at least, could
never have guessed.I thoroughly enjoyed
this book, as I had the author’s debut novel, “Favorite Sons,” and this one as
well is recommended.
Reviewer: by Gloria Feit
Robin Yocumwas born
in 1955 in Steubenville, Ohio, and grew up in the in the Eastern Ohio. He is
the author of the critically acclaimed novels Favorite Sons and The
Essay. Favorite Sons was named the 2011 USA Book News’ Book
of the Year for Mystery/Suspense. It was selected for the Choose to Read Ohio
program for 2013-14 and was a featured book of the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival.
Yocum is also the author of Dead Before Deadline . . . and Other Tales from
the Police Beat and Insured for Murder (with Catherine Candisky). He
is the president of Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing firm
in Westerville, Ohio. He is well known for his work as a crime and
investigative reporter with the ColumbusDispatch from 1980-1991.
He was the recipient of more than thirty local, state, and national journalism
awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.