Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"The nice part of living in a small town is...when I don't know what I'm doing, someone else does." Unknown source

Martin Clark has created a cast of characters who come alive and are oddly believable in their actions during the course of this novel. The inhabitants of this story generally don't confirm to standard ideas of behavior and tend to do what is necessary to enjoy the moment and disregard the future.

Judge Evers Wheeling, a pot smoker from Norton, North Carolina, is on his way to work when he's approached by a well dressed woman who asks for a moment of his time.

What transpires is almost a scene from the Andy Griffith TV show. The woman, Ruth Esther, insists on privacy and she and the judge end up in a vacant restroom in a local business. Evers thinks he's being set-up and Ruth asks him to be easy on her brother when he comes before the court. She adds that she helped steal $100,000. Her father was the mastermind and has died, her brother was caught and she needs him for his part of the puzzle to find the money. She tells Wheeling that she'll split her share with him if he helps.

Wheeling has a brother, Pascal who lives in a mobile home and seems high on pot most of the time. While Evers did well with his family inheritance, Pascal traveled and enjoyed life and doesn't have a care.

The story relates the attempt to recover the valuables and the surprises that await them as they go along.

We also follow the divorce attempt of Wheeling after he and the sheriff discover Ever's wife at a motel with a local farmer.

Filled with amusing moments this novel certainly entertained. The book is more for those who enjoy unusual characters doing improbably things than the logical path through life.



Donna said...

I love the quote "The nice part...." I live along a small bayou and that phrase fits. Loved the review. Following your blog. I would love a visit/follow at my blog if you have a moment.

Donna said...

Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I am following you through blogger. I was looking for the GFC and got side-tracked (happens frequently according to my husband.) I am a fairly private person so having everyone know my business isn't something I really like. I still love the quote.

Heather said...

sounds like a continuing comedy of errors. Fun plot line.

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