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ALL IN THE FAMILY,
This review is from: Blood and Bone (Hardcover)
We've all read about those who have spent years and mega dollars searching for their birth parents. Now, a master of suspense William
Lashner presents Kyle Byrne, a young man who knew his father, a prominent attorney, but seldom saw him. All he saw was his mother patiently waiting for her lover to visit them; all he knew was the little time his father spent with him teaching him how to play baseball. This was a man who called him "boyo," Kyle assumed because he couldn't remember his real name.
Then when he was 12 years old his father died. Kyle was constrained in a gray suit and too-tight tie to attend his dad's funeral. As an adult he remembers that day well because he, his mother, and volatile Uncle Max were asked to leave the chapel and not allowed to return. They were an offense to the dead man's wife.
As an adult Kyle may have been likable and a fine baseball player, but he was also unreliable, shiftless, and totally without ambition. He drifts from day to day sometimes in an alcohol induced haze - until his father's former law partner is murdered. Kyle attends the funeral just as he has attended the funerals of many lawyers, always signing the condolence books in his father's name. He did this because "as he watched body after body of old dead lawyers being lowered into the ground, lawyers whom in all likelihood his father had known, he felt as if he were standing in for his father."
Kyle's lackadaisical life takes a turn for the worse when he becomes a suspect in the killing of his father's partner. As Kyle tries to exonerate himself he is staggered by an astounding revaluation and forced to run for his very life.
Lashner has created a score of unforgettable characters in this tale of family trials and ties: Robert Spangler is a goose bump raising toady that Anthony Hopkins could play to the hilt, and Kyle's buddy Skitch is a friend in deed and need noted for his ability to "down a pack of Mentos and half a quart of Diet Coke at the same time....."
Lashner pulled out all the stops with Blood and Bone.
- Gail Cooke