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Citrus County by John Brandon
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Nov 04, 10

bookshelves: contemporary-lit
Read from November 03 to 04, 2010

This is the page-turner everyone says it is. Imagine a Patricia Highsmith novel where the author feels some real sympathy for the characters -- I know that may be impossible to do. Brandon dissects the setting, nailing the worn-out feel of a suburb that seems to have lost any connection to a larger city, where convenience stores are the most viable businesses, strip malls are mostly shuttered, development projects abandoned, and the planned opening of a jazz club is aptly described by one of his middle-school protagonists as pathetic. Horrible things happen, people are seriously unbalanced, and the whole thing is distressingly believable. Also at times very funny.
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