by Edward Falco (Goodreads Author)
Tom �T” Walker, a 57-year-old businessman, knows better than to pick up a beautiful young woman hitchhiking with her dangerous-looking boyfriend, but he stops for them anyway. He’s been living alone, his life ruinously off course, in such utter isolation from everyone he has ever loved that he welcomes the company and the excitement. But as T finds himself pulled into the...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 2nd 2011 by Unbridled Books
(first published October 1st 2005)
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This is a fun, smart, literary thriller. It starts with a premise so simple it feels like a cliche-- man picks up hitchhikers, trouble ensues-- but Falco is clever enough to anticipate and avoid the tropes and pitfalls that a lesser author might fall prey to. It's a quick read, but a very engaging one.
Ehhh... Not feeling this story about a late middle-aged man who has a faux love affair with a girl a third his age that he picks up hitchhiking and the reckless weekend he spends with her and her drug-dealing former boyfriend. Comes across to me as a lot of wishful thinking mixed with forced ruminations regarding life, family, and perspective. The prose is clean and direct. But the story leaves me cold.
Nov 25, 2007 Sonya rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: noir fans, people who can handle controversial characters.
Beautifully written meditation on crimes of passion and the meaning and implications of art. Published by one of my favorite presses, Unbridled Books.