…by Ron Hansen.
Atticus Cody, a 67 year old a rancher, lives in Colorado. He has two sons – Frank, the eldest and Scott. A little time passes after the family’s Christmas get together when Atticus and the others learn that Scott has committed suicide. Atticus travels to Resurreccion, Mexico to retrieve his son’s body. As he gets to talk to Scott’s friends and acquaintances in Mexico and explore the crime scene and Scott’s belongings, Atticus feels that his son might not have committed suicide, rather that he might have been murdered.
What does Atticus find that leads him to such a conclusion? What does he do with his discovery? What really happened to Scott? – one truth after another is revealed to uncover the mystery.
When I started reading the book, I thought I was in for a treat. As the tale progressed, I somehow lost interest. There were way too many unwanted details every now and then, I felt, which aided to distracting from the plot line. The author’s vivid descriptions of people and places made for a good read. But then, that same thing was overdone at many points, which made the novel somewhat slow and boring for my taste. As much as I enjoyed the vibrant images that the author’s words created, I would have liked it more if a little more emphasis was given to the emotional disturbance that the father (and the family) goes through upon hearing the news of his son’s demise. Also, compared to the pace of the beginning, the end came a little abruptly. So, this book, although it had a promising story, did not work for me.
Overall, an ok murder mystery, if you are looking for one.
My rating: 2*.
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