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The Potrero Complex

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Journalist Rags Goldner is battle-scarred and heartbroken after covering a devastating pandemic that rages in Baltimore for five years. She leaves the city with her partner in search of a simpler life in small-town Maryland—only to discover nothing in Canary is simple. A teenager is missing, and it falls to Rags to fight the forces of apathy, paranoia, and creeping fascism ...more
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Published August 2nd 2022 by Regal House Publishing
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Jul 12, 2022 rated it liked it
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First and foremost, a large thank you to Reedsy Discovery and Amy L. Bernstein for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

After being handed this ARC by Amy L. Bernstein, I was curious to see how things would play out. Set in the near future, the story is a little mystery, with a peppering of dystopia and some self-discovery tossed in for good measure. Bernstein keeps things unique and memorable for the reader, even if the product may
Karla Huebner
The Potrero Complex takes us to a dystopian near future in which the world is reeling after years of a pandemic even worse than Covid-19. The journalist "Rags" Goldner and her partner Flint, a computer data expert, both of whom have lost family to the contagion, have left behind big-city life in the hopes that small-town life in Canary, where Rags has been offered editorship of the local paper, will be better. Well, it's not better. A teen has disappeared, soon followed by another; the few remai ...more
Aug 08, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernstein says she likes to make people think. She has sure done so with this novel. This is not a mystery so much as it is an exploration into the psyche of humankind when stressed by a very serious pandemic. We are made aware of people plagued by fear and the subsequent actions that fear can produce. The plot is a good example of what fear of the unknown can generate. In this case people fear the outbreak of a new strain of a virus more deadly than anything humans had experienced. We also see ...more
Wow. This one REALLY surprised me in the best way. The vibe is "Twin Peaks meets year 2020". While not as quirky as Lynch's masterpiece it does have a small dysfunctional town, a cast of complicated characters, and an engrossing mystery involving a missing cheerleader.

When Polly "Rags" and her partner Flint roll into the small town of Canary it's like they have washed ashore from a shipwreck. The major city they fled, (I assume Baltimore) is functioning under a fascist-like government after a f
Jul 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rags Goldner, a realistic, if not slightly cynical, journalist has just landed in a small town. Looking to escape the big city life with her partner, Flint, they find a place in Canary, Maryland. Rags has arrived to be the editor-in-chief of the local newspaper, only to find this town full of eerie and paranoid citizens. Her co-worker, Merry, is anything but. The town council would rather deal with the fading pandemic than the slew of missing teenagers. And the PHP, public health police, seem to ...more
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Apr 02, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style of this book and how engaging it was. The story was less about Effie (which was what I was expecting the book to be about) and more about life post-pandemic. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed this book the same having not lived through a global pandemic. However, it was nice to read about a different pandemic and things they did to keep people safe and to read about life after a pandemic and how t
Aria Harlow
Mar 24, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read, it was well written with a good plotline and well developed characters that kept me engaged the whole way through. This was such an interesting read especially give the recent experience of a pandemic it made this book easy to relate to, and with the state of the world at the moment this book was very believeable.
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Amy writes stories that let readers feel while asking them to think. Her literary preoccupations include rooting for the underdog and putting ordinary people in difficult situations to see how they wriggle out. Her novels include The Potrero Complex; The Nighthawkers; Dreams of Song Times; and Fran, The Second Time Around.

When not glued to a screen, she loves listening to jazz and classical music

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