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Dominion by Randy Alcorn
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Jun 21, 2010

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Read from June 21 to August 09, 2010

When his sister and niece are murdered in what appears to be a senseless drive-by shooting, Portland journalist Clarence Abernathy is forced into an evaluation of his racial identity. His planned move into a swankier neighborhood is derailed and he moves his family into his deceased sister's home in a poor section of Portland. He meets Ollie, the white detective who is handling his sister's case. Over the course of the book, he holds discussions with Ollie and with Jake, another white friend, and gains new insights into race relations (as do Ollie and Jake). The investigation points to a well-heeled politician, and to the fact that Clarence's sister's murder was a hit gone awry. They hit the wrong house. The plot is well-developed and comes to a satisfying conclusion, and the race discussions, while a bit preachy come off well because they are presented as conversations. The only off-key note is the presentation of the sister's presence in Randy Alcorn's vision of Heaven. I don't think these contribute much to the story. It is well intended, to offer hope to us Earth-Bound Christians, but it doesn't fit in the story.

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