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The all-maile DuBois clan is well known to local police. Though Grandfather Earl is now senile, his two adult sons, Blackie and Thaddeus, are still trouble. Thaddeus has just been released from prison but has already violated parole and is on the run. Blackie, teenage Bobby’s father, has just killed a policeman. Is Bobby headed to foster care? Not if Uncle Thaddeus has anything to say about it. Whether Bobby wants it or not, Thaddeus takes the boy on the lam with him and together they head for the high timber, pursued by the police; by Blackie, who has escaped from custody; by Ed, a soulless tracker; and by various aggrieved others. And then a hurricane blows in, and all bets are off. Boilard’s first novel is an exercise in noir, or perhaps it might be better described as Southern gothic come to rural New England. Whichever, it is a darkness-drenched celebration of violence. Yes, the author leaves a skein of loose ends, but his treatments of tone and mood are spot on, and his story is compulsively readable. --Michael Cart
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review by . October 28, 2012
I'm not quite sure how I came to get on a list for this novel... A River Closely Watched by Jon Boilard. I'm guessing it came from a publicist, but I've misplaced the release that came in the envelope. Regardless, seeing an albino snake on the cover gets your attention. :) Rather than set it aside, I decided to give it a read. The writing was excellent if you're looking for something that is dark and gritty. The story didn't do quite as much for me...      …
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