Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Book Notes — You Have To Go Home Again

It’s not uncommon for a group of young guys to hang out together. It is not unusual for some troubled but basically decent kids to get into a little trouble. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. In this case, things go horribly wrong. For “Handy” White, it was soul-burning incident, a memory that can no longer be repressed. A murder has reopened a 25-year-old wound, and White’s conscience forces him to return to Los Angeles, reenter the nightmare and uncover a truth no one wants him to find.

What follows in Gar Anthony Haywood’s Cemetery Road (Severn House) is a fast moving, tightly plotted, highly literate and serious moral tale that is difficult to put down. Some secrets, the novel tells us without preaching, you are not allowed to forget.

Haywood, a past winner of both the Shamus and Anthony Awards, has received widespread praise from reviewers and other writers for his work.

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