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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: North Star Press of St. Cloud (15 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878397523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878397525
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm

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You may want to read it more than once - I did. 16 Oct. 2014
By Dean Ekola - Published on
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Bad Lies, by Thomas B. Jones, describes a noble plot to launch a gifted, but audacious, African-American into the segregated world of post-World War II professional golf. The locale for this drama is St. Paul, Minnesota, the lily-white precincts of which had yielded little ground, whether as property owners, proportion of population, or just in basic terms of human dignity, to African-Americans of that era. The protagonist, aptly known as Flash, is a combat-tested war hero, who returns to civilian life determined to cash-in on the valor of his service in every way possible. This naturally includes his claim for manhood - earned on the fields of life and death combat. As natural as this was for him, it immediately provokes visceral opposition from a broad spectrum of antagonists, not limited exclusively to the usual suspects. Indeed, the trajectory of his determination soon insinuates itself into the personal lives of his supporters, testing their commitment to his quest. So as the tale unfolds, it proves to be more than an entertaining page-turner, punctuated with requisite romantic dalliances, bouts of testosteronic clashes and other nicely rendered vignettes of golf, baseball, St. Paul night life and idyllic Minnesota lakeside evenings. Much more. In the end, this well-crafted narrative thrusts its unwitting cast of characters headlong into an explosive climax born of a forbidden liaison gone awry, while simultaneously exposing the psychic roots of racism and the ancient hold of that evil doctrine upon American consciousness.
Good plot and great characters 12 Oct. 2014
By True Crime Buff - Published on
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This book is wonderful. Jones really captures the era so well and the plotting is dead on. Plus, I love the characterization. Jones has created characters that resonate with the reader, but he doesn't sacrifice the action in order to do so. So many writers now seem to be inclined to write novels in this genre that are all action or all character-driven; rarely do the two intersect. But here it is done well.

Although I am drawn to true crime, I also like an occasional good novel and this filled the bill for me. I recommend this book for the golfer in your life; those interested in African-American history; crime buffs; and those who like reading books set around World War II. A lot is packed into these pages.
Loved this book! 16 Oct. 2014
By avid reader - Published on
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Fun, well-written and interesting novel that grabs your attention from the get-go and keeps it! Captures the flavor of the era so well I can imagine being there. Issues faced at that time (and still being faced) are intelligently raised and make you think while being immersed in and enjoying the story. Characters are well developed, realistic and sustained throughout the book. I rate this book 5 out of 5!
I enjoyed it immensely 7 Jan. 2015
By Martha J Barnum - Published on
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I enjoyed it immensely! As a MN native, the familiarity with sites and names was fun. Also, Tom was a highschool mate of mine, and it was fun to read his book. It was also interesting to learn some new things about that time period and the race issue. Thanks! Marty B
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