Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Silent night, Holy Night, all is not bright
Joe's face was scarred as a baby when acid was thrown in his face. His birth mother deserted him and his father of record ended up in jail for this crime.
As we see Joe, he is the driver and bodyguard for his father, Will. He's also a sheriff at a local jail.
This is a psychological novel in which we see Joe as an extremely polite, mild mannered man. He states that the happiest day of his life was the day Will and Mary Ann Trona adopted him.
One night, while driving Will, tragedy occurs. In what was to be Will's rescue of an eleven-year-old kidnap victim, Will is shot down before Joe's eyes. Joe kills two of the shooters but the leader escapes. Through the remainder of the story, Joe attempts to piece together the events leading up to the shooting and to bring to justice those involved.
There is a connection to gangs operating in Orange County, County politics and the details of the missing little girl.
The story is well told and entertaining. Joe is a well developed and unique character. There are a number of surprises along with well written dialogue."Save your friends, spend your enemies." was one of Joe's father's favorite sayings.
Through it all, Joe finds love and acceptance and a place in the reader's memory as an entertaining character with a story to tell.