As I remark in my Kirkus Reviews column posted today,
Yes, Sweet Sunday is a crime novel, a detective novel, even a whodunit. If you chart its structure, it follows the familiar pattern: misdeed committed, clues sought, culprit eventually revealed. However, within that formula author Lawton does a great deal more than solve a slaying; he also strives to get a handle on the hopes, fears, antagonisms, and disappointments of 1960s America, when opinions on the war in Southeast Asia divided families, and generations split over societal ideals.You can read all of my new piece here.
Also check out Nancie Clare’s recent audio interview with author Lawton on the subject of Sweet Sunday. It can be found in the Speaking of Mysteries blog.