I received this book for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Alfie Aldergreen seems like a harmless guy, even if he is a paranoid schizophrenic. I mean, come on man, he’s in a wheelchair for crying out loud. Somebody felt threatened by him, though. That’s why he was found submerged in Hawk Pond. Jackie Swaitkowski and Sam Acquillo want to know who would want Alfie dead?
Story Telling: Okay, we have a semi-amateur detective mystery here. Sam also doubles as a specialized cabinet-maker.
Likes: Alfie was fun, at least in Sam’s memories. And Joe Sullivan along with Ross Semple wanted to find his killer(s).
Dislikes: Okay, most of this falls to Sam. What kind of dad really advises his daughter to sleep with a guy, but don’t marry him. Heck, don’t make any commitment at all. Needless to say, this didn’t endear him to my mind.
Also it seemed like Mr. Knopf let his biases flood the book. We were gifted with a brag-fest of how the two main characters managed to defeat the cigarettes, and how nasty the cigarettes were. A guy talking against “undocumented immigrants” is shown to be a bigot, even thought “undocumented immigrant” is an euphemism for illegal immigrant. As in someone who isn’t supposed to be here anyway. I don’t care if they overstayed their visas, or snuck their way in.
The cream of the crop is Alfie’s social worker. Just because her brother was released from a psychiatric hospital and stopped taking his medication leading to his disappearance, she wants to institutionalize everyone who has mental problems. Which would include everyone but 0.01% of the population.
Favorites: Sorry guys, there isn’t any this time around.
Conclusion: This book isn’t all bad. I just didn’t care for Sam’s attitude. Personal biases show up everywhere. And this is my biases talking.