BOOK REVIEW: NORTH: A NOVEL
Jack has had a life of law enforcement that went from the top of the barrel to the bottom. Jack went from being a military MP, to state police, to deputy sheriff, to local yokel, to private security, and finally being a private investigator. Jack was an adventurer! Jack shared the early parts of “North” with his faithful dog companion until the dog got too old and Jack had to put him down. This difficult task would never leave Jack’s mind.
One night while working private security for a large bar, he rescued Merle Davidoff from some tough character. Merle, who was a lawyer, and Jack discussed their lives and when Merle discovered Jack was a private investigator, she asked him to find her nephew, Tyler Pearl, who she had not been able to contact in some time. This started Jack on his adventures while searching for Tyler. His travels took him from the Carolina’s, up through Pennsylvania, and into upstate New York where Jack went to visit a former state trooper, Elway, and his wife Sarah. Jack and Sarah had a history containing strong feelings for each other. Elway was dying of cancer but gave Jack as much information about the area as he could.
Thus started Jack’s search for Tyler that leads him into sex, violence, drugs, and other law enforcement that helped and sometimes hindered his search. During this search Jack dredged up memories of a few unsolved cases in this very area. He decided he would work on those cases during his search for Tyler. The story gets quite intense at times but will not allow you to get bored. It is a shame that the author, Frederic Busch, died before he could write more about Jack and his adventures. But this book is great reading with fantastic descriptions and good plots.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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