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Long Drive Home by Will Allison
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May 23, 2011

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This book is about the consequences of a series of road-rage incidents on the life of a young husband and father. Glen Bauer is driving his six year-old daughter home from school, when an impatient policeman zips around him and runs a red light. That single act ignites a sense of entitlement and impulsive behavior over the next half hour which, in turn, causes two more road-rage incidents, one involving criminal acts and the second involving a fatal accident. But, it is Glen's escalating panic and poor judgment following the fatal accident that drive this page-turner. The book is well-written and its plot is almost painfully absorbing. I'd like to say that the story is imaginative and unusual, but we all know of ordinary good people who have allowed one or two bad impulses to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them. It is an old, familiar story, but the difference is how deftly Will Allison tells it. Glen Bauer's shock, self-loathing and panic are evident in every word of this story. It is as if the reader is inside the main character's head, reeling with his shock and fear.

There are a couple of passages where characters' reactions ring false or character's voices seem out of character, but all in all the plot is well thought out and the author gets his point across.
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