Some would say it is a long way from the stage of country music to the publishing industry of Christian fiction, but Don Reid makes it seamlessly. He takes his knack for storytelling in song and turns out full-length novels that are engaging, entertaining, and worth every minute spent turning pages.
In his newest novel, Don introduces us to three friends: Carl, Harlan and Buddy. Three boys who've grown up together in the small locale of Mt. Jefferson...a town Mr. Reid is revisiting (Remember "O Little Town"?). Think 'Mystic River' without all of the ick factor and you'll have the story in a nutshell.
Buddy has become a lieutenant with the local police department and he's good at what he does. When the call comes in that his friend Harlan is in the hospital, in serious condition due to a gunshot, Buddy can't help but be on the case from the first moment.
Carl has entered the ministry, much to the surprise of his friends and family. He too is at Harlan's side from the first phone call, but for a different reason. Carl senses Harlan's need to commune with his Maker...and he intends to be there for his friend at all costs.
With skillful flashbacks to the boys' early years, Don Reid takes us on a fully fleshed out back-and-forth journey that hooks the reader from page one and doesn't let go until the final page is turned. You'll find yourself cheering for Buddy to find the shooter, loving Carl for his passion, and wondering how to feel about Harlan...
...is he the good guy, the bad guy...or the guy caught up in something horrific? Pay attention to every detail...Don doesn't waste a drop. If you've ever enjoyed the songs of the Statler Brothers, you'll devour "The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson". Even if you weren't a fan...take a listen at this highly recommended novel.
I'm looking forward to more from Don Reid in the world of fiction. What a great way to read in the New Year! My thanks to my friends at David C. Cook and at TitleTrakk.com for my preview copy. "The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson" releases this month...don't miss it!
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Monday, January 2, 2012
Authored by Deena Peterson at 12:38 PM