Thursday, June 25, 2009

On a Wing and a Scare

Do you remember The Caveman’s Valentine (1994), which earned its author, George Dawes Green, loads of rave reviews plus an Edgar Award for Best First Novel? After that, he wrote a murder-trial suspenser called The Juror--which, along with Caveman, is being reissued by Grand Central Publishing in spiffy trade-paperback format, to coincide with the hardcover release next month of Green’s latest novel, a terrific thriller called Ravens.

The ravens in this tale are two scary birds named Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko. They had planned on pulling over from Interstate 95 in Georgia just long enough to put some air into the leaky tire of their car; but when a convenience-store clerk reveals that a winning ticket to the latest multimillion-dollar jackpot has just been sold, Shaw and Romeo change their plans and hatch a scheme. It seems the clerk made the mistake of giving away the winner’s home address, and Shaw and Romeo go there to take the family hostage.

Like Caveman and The Juror, Ravens is beautifully written. It has already moved high up on my list of the year’s best books.

1 comment:

Janet Rudolph said...

Loved Ravens, and I'll have an interview with George Dawes Green on Mystery Fanfare in July.