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Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2020, ya, mystery-shelf, e-book, coming-of-age, historical-fiction

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens is a 2019 Mulholland publication.

An impressive piece of literary crime fiction!

Set in the rural town of Jessup, Missouri during the 1970s, this novel is a compelling mystery, coupled with a poignant coming of age story, carrying a timely message.

Boady, a fifteen-year-old living with his widowed mother, experiences an awakening after a Black woman named Lida Poe, disappears after allegedly embezzling a tidy sum of money from the local manufacturing plant where she worked as a bookkeeper.

As a result of this development, The Elgins', an African American family, moves into the house across the road from Boady. Mr. Elgin will be the new manager at the plant, and is wife becomes a wonderful influence on Boady's reclusive mother. Although they get off to a bumpy start, he and Thomas Elgin, a boy close to his age, strike up a close friendship.

Meanwhile Boady is under pressure to stab his new friend in the back, forcing him to walk a dangerous tightrope, until a gruesome discovery puts him in a life or death situation that will not only reveal the racist underbelly of his community, it will shape Boady into the man he will eventually become.

While the story has its moments of intense suspense, it is Boady’s effectual journey that sets this book apart, making it far more than your average novel of mystery and suspense.

The book addresses the obvious incidents of hardcore, violent racism, but it also points a searing finger at the more subtle forms of racism and the tone -deaf damage and pain casually inflicted without a second thought.

I loved learning Boady’s backstory, watching how his friendship with Thomas develops, and the very clever plotting in this book. I have grown to really appreciate Eskens’ work and look forward to hearing more from him in the future.

4.5 stars
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Reading Progress

October 21, 2020 – Started Reading
October 21, 2020 – Shelved
December 28, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020
December 28, 2020 – Shelved as: ya
December 28, 2020 – Shelved as: mystery-shelf
December 28, 2020 – Shelved as: e-book
December 28, 2020 – Shelved as: coming-of-age
December 28, 2020 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
December 28, 2020 – Finished Reading

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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews Terrific review Julie! Glad you loved this too!


Julie Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews wrote: "Terrific review Julie! Glad you loved this too!"

Thank you very much, Lindsay!! 💖


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Jonas Very well written review.


Julie Jonas wrote: "Very well written review."

Thank you very much, Jonas!! 😊


MarilynW Wonderful review, Julie...this is the story that led me to read Eskens' other books.


Julie MarilynW wrote: "Wonderful review, Julie...this is the story that led me to read Eskens' other books."

Thank you, Marilyn!! I love his books!! Glad you enjoyed this one too! Happy New Year and Happy Reading!! 💖


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David Putnam Nice review.


message 8: by JanB (new)

JanB I really enjoy this author and this book has been in my tbr for way too long. Wonderful review Julie!


Julie David wrote: "Nice review."

Thank you very much, David!! 😊


Julie JanB wrote: "I really enjoy this author and this book has been in my tbr for way too long. Wonderful review Julie!"

Thank you very much, Jan!! I think you will love this one!! 💖


message 11: by Amy (new)

Amy Great review, Julie!


Julie Amy wrote: "Great review, Julie!"

Thank you very much, Amy!! 💖


message 13: by Antoinette (new)

Antoinette Terrific review, Julie. Have never read this author yet, although he is on my TBR.


Julie Antoinette wrote: "Terrific review, Julie. Have never read this author yet, although he is on my TBR."

Thank you very much, Antoinette!! I think you'll like his stories. 💖


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