Good but not great,
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This review is from: Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere (Paperback)
I love Poe Ballantine's work and eagerly purchased this as soon as I became aware of it. It is a good read and has Ballantine's usual wonderful insight into small town America. In this instance, this is the town he still lives in and I imagine he's had a few awkward moments with some of the local populous since this work was published. Ballantine pulls no punches and the description of some townsfolk and local dignitaries, would, I imagine, have made him unpopular in certain circles.
If I had a criticism of the book, it is the author falling into the same trap that many new parents do, and that's thinking everything their child does, is of great interest to everyone else. The struggles he has with his child's autism merits scrutiny, but constant reference to what the little lad said or did in certain situations does become a little tedious by the end.
That said, this is only a minor criticism. The story of Ballantine, his family and their town, interweaved with a murder that suddenly befalls their community does make for a good read.