A Novel

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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"In a frigid New Hampshire winter, Jay Porter is trying to eke out a living and maintain some semblance of a relationship with his former girlfriend and their two-year-old son. When Jay attempts to aid his drug-addicted brother, who is being questioned by the sheriff about the disappearance of his junkie business partner, he is plunged into a cauldron of ugly lies and long-held secrets that will not only tear apart his small hometown but threaten the lives of Jay and all those he holds dear."
Publisher: Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781608091331
Characteristics: 201 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 20, 2016

Raw, spare prose is the hallmark of Joe Clifford's Lamentation. He nails the culture of a small town, where old high school rivalries still impact relationships 20 years later and where there's clear division between those who "made it," those who could have made it but didn't and those who simply flamed out. Those elements provide a backdrop for a decent mystery that subtly explores the relationships between brothers, friends and lovers. It's gritty and sad - especially the depiction of how hard it is to achieve justice when you're homeless, destitute and drug addicted - but in many ways hopeful and redeeming, too.


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