The Cleanup ), Boston transplants Paul Callaway and his wife, Sara, scare off a violent intru"/>


Sean Doolittle, Author
Sean Doolittle, Author Delacorte $24 (352p) ISBN 978-0-385-33898-1
Reviewed on: 12/15/2008
Release date: 02/01/2009
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In this unsettling thriller from Barry Award–winner Doolittle (The Cleanup ), Boston transplants Paul Callaway and his wife, Sara, scare off a violent intruder their first night in their new home in Clark Falls, Iowa, where Paul has taken up a post as an English professor at the local university. As a result of this incident, the Callaways meet members of their tight-knit community, including ex-cop Roger Mallory, the neighborhood's unofficial protector. Though Paul is initially welcomed into Roger's circle of friends, Paul becomes suspicious when he discovers Roger is conducting secret surveillance of the neighborhood. Tensions mount between the two men, coming to a head after Paul is arrested for child pornography, a charge he's sure Roger helped concoct. Desperate to clear his name, Paul begins his own investigation into Roger's past. Despite Doolittle's admirably complex plot and empathetic hero, readers may question just how many skeletons a single small town can have in its closets. (Mar.)