Friday, December 18, 2009
Yes you can buy it now-nobody will stop you-honest
Advanced Review – Uncorrected Proof
Issue: January 1, 2010
Ticket to Ride.
Gorman, Ed (Author)
Jan 2010. 25 p. Pegasus, hardcover, $25.00. (9781605980706).
In the eighth entry in the Sam McCain series, set in 1965 and following
Fools Rush In (2007), the small- town Iowa lawyer becomes a lightning rod for animosity when he helps to
organize an antiwar rally.
Retired army colonel Lee Bennett is outraged at what he perceives to be the demonstrators’ disrespect for the many young dead soldiers, among them his own son. When Bennett turns up murdered, suspicion falls on the rally’s leader, Doran. Although McCain regards Doran as a poseur, he agrees to represent him because he knows none of the town’s other lawyers will step up.
When Bennett’s business partner is also murdered, McCain realizes there’s a lot more to the case than politics.
Gorman casts a sardonic eye on characters from both sides of the political aisle even as he astutely
captures the fractious era’s divisiveness. Meanwhile, McCain is unafraid to go toe to toe with the town’s leading
citizens, many of whom he grew up with, as he digs for information.
An absorbing mystery that offers an insightful portrait of small-town dynamics and plenty of deadpan humor.
— Joanne Wilkinson