Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: 2012-08-29
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Dennis Cole and his three best buddies from childhood gather for a weekend reunion. On the first night, one of the men is murdered-or is he?
A professor of engineering by day and a writer of detective fiction by night, Cole and the other survivors try to piece together the mysterious fate of their friend. The suspenseful story moves back and forth between the unfolding reunion gone bad and childhood events that involved these friends who grew up on the same street.
Looming largest in the memory of Dennis is the striking character of his widowed father, T. A.-Marine veteran of the Korean War and blue-collar philosopher. In his interactions with T. A, Dennis tries to make sense out of life; but instead of simple answers, puzzling questions of evil, human freedom, and the possibility of transformation are all T. A. seems to provide. These questions follow Dennis through young adulthood and beyond; they finally catch up to him in the surprising and thrilling climax of this novel.
A murder mystery and a coming of age story, both with many twists and turns,Terrapin is about man's potential for doing either good or evil, his tendency to do the latter, and his response to the consequences of his actions.
T.M. Doran, an adjunct professor of civil engineering at Lawrence Technological University, received Bachelor and Master of Science Degree from Purdue University. Born in Long Beach, California, the author has lived the great majority of his life in Michigan. An engineer and educator, he has had a lifelong passion for the mystery genre and for writing. He earned the Purdue University Alumni Achievement Award for his work in the engineering profession, was elected to the Engineering Society of Detroit College of Fellows, and was a partner in the 97-year old firm of Hubbell, Roth & Clark. He and Sherry have been married for 35 years and have four children: Angela, Brendan, Elise, and Javier (their Basque son); also, three beautiful grandchildren: Zachary, Declan, and Noah.
You know what I love more than almost anything?
A good story.
When that story is packaged between two covers and called a book, even better. (Yeah, it's okay on my Kindle too. I'll give you that. The covers can be metaphorical.)
So, given the chance to review T.M. Doran's latest, I pretty much replied right away. And I pretty much read it right away.
If his first book was great writing (and I thought it was), his second is no less.
And yet, just as your children can be related but very, very different, this book is something different than Toward the Gleam. It's more mystery, less (if any) sci-fi-ish tinge.
Doran's characters are complicated, and that makes them real. The mystery is maddening, and that makes it fun. I want to reread it, and that sets it apart on my bookshelf.
I don't want to compare Doran's writing with other big name writers, because he really stands alone, at least with the fiction that I end up picking up and reading for review. The words "impeccable," "clean," and "delightful" come to mind as I think of ways to describe it.
All in all, highly recommended.