Saturday, September 13, 2014

Close to the Broken Hearted, by Michael Hiebert

The story is solid, both suspenseful and humorous, but the two best buddies, Abe and Dewey, seem like anachronisms in action and speech. Their 12-year old selves might be more at home in the 1930s or 1940s than the 21st century. Abe's mother, Leah Teal, is a widow and police detective in Alvin, Alabama, and the only member of the Alvin police force willing to take the frightened calls of Sylvie Carson at all seriously. When the preacher who accidentally shot Sylvie's baby brother to death is released from prison, Sylvie's fears become more justified.

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