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Ticket to Ride

Ed Gorman, Author . Pegasus $25 (225p) ISBN 978-1-60598-070-6

Smalltown small-mindedness drives Gorman's entertaining eighth mystery to feature lawyer Sam McCain (after 2007's Fools Rush In ). As the Vietnam war escalates during the summer of 1965, Lou Bennett, the socially prominent father of a slain soldier, interrupts a protest demonstration in Sam's hometown of Black River Falls, Iowa. When Bennett's murdered that night, the stupid and prejudiced local police chief arrests an obnoxiously mouthy protester. Sam soon learns that the crime may actually be related to Bennett's shady business dealings and his involvement in the murder of a lower-class young woman he considered unworthy of his son. Besides getting the pop culture of the period right, Gorman captures the baffled frustration of provincial folk who don't want to believe that things are more complicated than they look, that it's sometimes a mistake to trust people in authority. Readers will be left wondering whether it's time for Sam to grow up and leave home. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/30/2009
Release date: 12/01/2009
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