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New England White by Stephen L. Carter
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Mar 12, 2009

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I agree with others who've said the book raises some very interesting ideas, but the length and detail really got in the way at times. From about the halfway point onward, I could never remember how Tony Tice got introduced, except that he was now obviously a more significant character. While the story did get a bit more suspenseful around the latter third or so, I found the depth and complexity of the clues a bit improbable. And somehow the chapters after the initial denouement were kind of a let-down for me -- felt like he should have wrestled with them a bit more and when, faced with resolving some of the larger issues/themes of his work, had less command of them than the mystery itself.

All that said, there were some really provocative ideas and passages here and there. I think the one I'll remember and reference the longest will be the discussion with Miss Terry about sex education and self-control.

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