Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Booklist Starred Review for Riders On The Storm by me





Issue: September 15, 2014



Riders on the Storm.
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Gorman, Ed (Author) Oct 2014. 208 p. Pegasus, hardcover, $25.95. (9781605986258).
Starred Review

Sam McCain is back home from the service in Black River Falls, Iowa. Vietnam is still raging, and the town has a number of returned vets, many missing limbs or struggling with horrific memories. Before he could be deployed, Sam was severely injured when the jeep in which he was a passenger was rolled by the drunken sergeant driving it. For many months, Sam wasn’t sure who he was. There are still headaches, but his memory is back. He’s doing routine work as a lawyer until his friend Will Cullen, involved in Vietnam Veterans against the War, is beaten badly by war cheerleader Steve Donovan, who is murdered a couple days later, leaving Cullen as the obvious suspect. Sam dons his investigator cap and backtracks through Donovan’s life, looking for a motive and a killer. Gorman is a prolific, award-winning author, and the McCain series may be his best work. Black River Falls is a changing industrial city in the early seventies, and McCain is changing with it. The simmering political climate is perfectly rendered and affects every character. As the series progresses, Sam matures and grows slightly more cynical with each case. This is an extended, nuanced fictional biography with an occasional mystery thrown in. Great reading. Welcome home, Sam.
— Wes Lukowsky

6 comments:

RJR said...

Congrats, Ed!!!!

Keith West said...

Hi, Ed.

Glad to see this series is still progressing. It sounds like I missed a volume or two somewhere. Is there a list posted somewhere online so I can find out where the volumes I missed?

Thanks,

Keith West

Ed Gorman said...

Here you go, Keith
Here you go, Keith

The Day the Music Died (1999)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (2000)
Wake Up Little Susie (2001)
Save the Last Dance for Me (2002)
Everybody's Somebody's Fool (2004)
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (2004)
Fools Rush In (2007)
Ticket to Ride (2009)
Bad Moon Rising (2011)

Keith West said...

Thanks. I've got a few to catch up on.

Ben Boulden said...

Congratulations Ed. I can't wait to read this one. I was so intrigued with the ending BAD MOON RISING.

-Ben

Rick Ollerman said...

Add my congratulations, too, Ed.