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3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
As a child Frank Kohler learned of his mother’s brutal murder. Now, years later, he yearns for some affirmation that remains elusive. As a state trooper on the night shift, Russell Boyd cruises the highways of Vermont constantly reminded of the true depths of human misery. The lives of these two men will intersect only tangentially, until fate catches up with them.

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Published July 12th 2005 by Vintage (first published July 13th 2004)
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Jul 13, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look at the cover might suggest that this novel is "merely" a cop story, but while there are cops in it, it is much, much more than that. CRUISERS is the story of two men juxtaposed by time and place into a sort of destiny, despite the seeming randomness of their coming together. Russell Boyd is a New England cop; Frank Kohler is the survivor of a childhood horror who years later is trying to make sense of what happened and how it has transformed him. The two men have nothing to do with one an ...more
Feb 16, 2017 Bert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like Craig Nova is one of those Great American writers that should be more well known over here, or at least have some books in print. Cruisers is a slow, meditative novel, kind of a crime novel without the thriller, or the crime's actually more about the big cosmic questions like if there is no luck or fate what are we left with, how do you deal with everyday horror and carry that with you in life, and it's about how every action or event has a kind of ripple effect. So what ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cruisers by Craig Nova dwells principally within the worlds of Russell Boyd, a state trooper, and Frank Kohler, a computer repair specialist. Their stories are told in alternating sections, with an exception or two. Russell is on night patrols and living with a special needs teacher named Zofia. She’s lovely, accommodating, and worried about the dangers of Russell’s work. Her needs and demands are quiescent until midway through she discovers she’s pregnant and thinks it better to have an abortio ...more
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Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on a whim. Once I started to read it I couldn't wait to finish it. Not because I had to know what happened, but because I wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible.

The most important thing about any novel (in my opinion) is having characters you can sink your teeth into. Characters who jump to life, right off the page.

This book completely lacks that. Never have I cared LESS for main characters in a book as I did with Russel Boyd and Frank Kohler.

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Jan 17, 2009 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine novel--taut, compelling, and extremely well-written. Nova is a wonderful writer. The story switches back and forth between two major points of view: a lonely but honorable highway patrolman, and an emotionally fragile but dangerous man whose life falls apart. It is inevitable, though believable, that their lives will intersect with terrible consequences. The passages about the highway patrolman are intense and vivid, especially at night as he watches passing cars and keeps himself ...more
Had to read this book because he is from a little town south of us, Putney, Vermont. It was okay, but not going to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Quick read. Two perspectives, on either side of the law.
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