Thursday, June 21, 2012
"The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously." Samuel Butler
Robert Dugoni deals with the sensitive subjects of rebellious teenagers, parental relationships and the hold that drugs can have on a young person's life.
After a session at the local courthouse, Jake Carter is scheduled to attend a substance abuse program. His step-father, successful attorney David Sloane, doesn't know how to reach Jake who has been impossible since his mother died.
David's friend, Tom Molia, suggests Dave and Jake join him and his fourteen-year-old son, T.J. on a hiking and fishing vacation. David thinks that this might be a good way to keep Jake out of jail.
They rent a room in Truluck, California. The first night, Jake and T.J. get caught after breaking into a local store and stealing liquor and a gun.
The boys are caught and given a quick trial and sentenced to the Fresh Start Youth Training Facility.
The town is owned by Victor Dillon and there seems that there is nothing the two lawmen can do to rescue their boys. The judge is like a character from the old west who controls the town. The police department is hired locally and is equally as uncooperative. The training program might be a good idea in general but the more the men find out about it, the more it sounds like a place were the guards are sadistic and abusive.
The suspense mounts causing the reader to become totally involved in the story. We feel for the fathers and wonder what could be done by the two men who are against an entire town. Sloane is the kind of parent many of us wish we could be. He wants to protect his troubled step-son but how will he be able to succeed?
Dugoni is a professional story teller and this smoothly plotted mystery is a joy to read.
Well done and highly recommended.
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