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Eliot by Michael Wood Jr.
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May 12, 2012

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it was amazing
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I think it's awesome, but I wrote it!

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4 Stars

A Strong Debut, May 19, 2012

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This review is from: Eliot (Paperback) Michael A. Wood, Jr., draws extensively upon his life as a police officer in his novel, “Eliot,” which in fact opens with a handy mini-dictionary of cop-speak. This, however, does not prepare the reader for the opening passages of the book. The protagonist Eliot Watts, does not believe himself to be psychotic, just vengeful, as he tracks down and kills the drug dealer responsible for the death of his daughter–and, on a roll, so to speak, decides the community would be better off without other drug dealers as well. But the pleasure he take in the kill blurs distinctions between sanity and insanity, which ambiguity adds a compelling dimension to the book. These hunts for the bad guys, however, are an extracurricular activity of sorts, as Eliot is also a police officer.

The novel goes on to advance the novel through the eyes of other characters, such as Eliot’s wife, Jessica, who ironically enough is consulting a therapist; detective Noah Faulkner, who puts principles above career, and the beleaguered officer Darnell Redd. The first person narration by Eliot is more riveting than the episodes featuring the other characters. Eliot gets right inside the reader’s soul, upsetting easy beliefs about good and evil; his story literally is a matter of life and death. There are no hard rules about switching points of view in a novel. But perhaps his years as an officer and in the Marine Corps has rendered Woods more curious about evil than good, since the latter doubtless comes much more easily to him. It is Eliot who gives the book its whallop.

Still, this book is an impressive fiction debut for Michael A, Wood, Jr. The author makes an effort early on to distinguish his protagonist from TV’s “Dexter,” and so in fact he does. Still, if you like “Dexter,” there’s no reason why you shouldn’t like “Eliot.”

Jon P. Bloch (The Kindle Book Review)

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