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All That I Have [Kindle Edition]

Castle Freeman
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Book Description

Wing is an experienced, practical man who enforces the law in his corner of Vermont with a steady hand and a generous tolerance. But when local tearaway Sean 'Superboy' Duke starts to get tangled up with a group of major league Russian criminals, things start to go awry in the sheriff's small, protected domain. With an ambitious and aggressive deputy snapping at his heels and a domestic crisis of his own to confront, Wing must call on all the personal resources he has cultivated during his working life: patience, tact, and - especially - humour.

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Starred Review. Freeman's pleasantly wicked fourth novel (after Go with Me), set in smalltown rural Vermont, explores the moral choices of a good-hearted, meek sheriff. The laconic and gently self-deprecating sheriff, Lucian Wing, a middle-aged ex-navyman married to a prominent lawyer's daughter, has to decide whether to arrest a young ne'er do well who has broken into an opulent home owned by mysterious Russians and stolen a safe. The problem is that Wing feels for the young criminal, Sean Duke, who works as a laborer, has a winning way with the ladies and is known for his wild behavior. The childless sheriff regards the kid as a kind of bad-boy substitute son and knows that if he doesn't spirit Duke out of town, the Russians will get him first. Meanwhile, Sean makes inroads into the sheriff's chilly marriage, bringing Wing to a crisis of conscience. Freeman sets an intertwined network of provincial egos on a collision course and pulls it off through the wonderfully satisfying point of view of his deadpan sheriff. (Mar.)
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-I loved this book. A small miracle - sharp, sly, moving and full of heart-
- Nick Cave

-Wonderful... every paragraph a gem. Freeman - like Cormac McCarthy, like Annie Proulx - shows us the awkward realness of such lives, and does it with humour, with wry perception, with great style-
- RJ Ellory

-A serving of Vermont wit and wisdom, with a modicum of crime solving on the side... though it-s not the suspense but the sly, country-cousin charm of Freeman-s storytelling that is the main attraction-
- Boston Globe

-Pleasantly wicked... [Freeman] sets an intertwined netwok of provincial egos on a collision course and pulls it off through the wonderfully satisfying point of view of his deadpan sheriff-
- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1586421514
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035LGA3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More stars, please February 24, 2009
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What a wonderful, fantastic novel. Last year I read this author's book, Go With Me, which became one of my top reads of that year. I already know that this book, All That I Have, is going to make this year's list.

Both books are short - you can easily read them in a few hours. But they are both jam-packed with such clever and funny prose that you will want to reread certain passages over and over again, just for the joy of it.

Short summary, no spoilers -

This is a story about Lucian Wing, a humble, laconic, and very wise sheriff in a rural part of Vermont. Suddenly his quiet and relatively uneventful life is challenged by a series of events - a local dimwitted hoodlum nicknamed Superboy picks the wrong house to burgle - and makes off with a strongbox owned by some suspicious and violent Russians who have just moved in the area. Needless to say, they want it back.

Throw into the mix Wing's overly ambitious deputy, an exotic female photographer of dubious age, a guard dog described as a "bull mastiff-wolf-alligator hybrid" and a crew of truly eccentric characters and you can see this gets interesting. Oh, and Sheriff Wing may be having his own marital strife, to boot.

But as I stated earlier it's not simply the plot that makes this book sing. It's the incredibly clever and witty prose and Freeman's ability to string together a series of words that not only make you laugh, but make you shake your head in recognition of their veracity.

While reading this book, I placed little stick-it arrows in all the passages that I wanted to remember. Looking at it now, if I threw this book in the air, I believe it might fly on its own - I used up a lot of those stickies.

Needless to say, highly, highly recommended. I believe this author is so talented, and his writing style unique. I am already looking forward to his next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the backwoods of Vermont..... April 11, 2009
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This book forces the reader to stop and slow down a little bit. This story does not take place in the exciting cities of New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Nooooo, the author takes us on a little jaunt to the backwoods of Vermont where "excitement" is a relative term and the definition of a criminal is vague, at best.

While in Vermont, we meet Sheriff Lucian Wing who is "old school" so to speak, and runs his county his way. He seems to be well liked, or at least well tolerated. He drives his own truck instead of the county's sheriff car (it saves the county money) and doesn't even bother carrying a weapon (it's in the trunk if he ever needs least he THINKS it's still in the trunk.) So when a house that is owned by the Russian Mafia gets burglarized, it is up to the good sheriff to sort everything out before the Mafia decides to take the law into their own hands. Oh wait, too late!

This is a pretty short book and it's not an exciting edge-of-your-seat page turner. Nevertheless, though, I really enjoyed it. It's one of those books that, when life just starts whizzing by you, grabs you by the shirt collar and holds you back just a bit. The book is narrated by Sheriff Wing and it is interesting to get inside his head and "see" what makes him tick. He goes off in tangents sometimes, but I think that makes him more realistic and human. You can't help but like the guy, even if you don't totally agree with his sheriffing style.

That being said, there was once instance where I felt that, as laid back as Sheriff Wing is, his reaction was simply too laid back to be believable. When a problem hits too close to home, Sheriff Wing doesn't respond in a way that I felt a real person would have. Regardless of that, though, I still really enjoyed this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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For such a short book, this novel is densely packed with imagery and pathos. Told from the perspective of local sheriff Lucian Wing, this tale of small town crime with big city implications is a deft character study. I was reminded of No Country for Old Men, but this tale was less dark (though no less gripping) and used wry humor to soften the building tension. As Wing unravels the crime, local troublemaker Sean makes waves in both the community, Wing's marriage, and in the case itself. The ending is superb, the writing crisp, and the characters deep- highly recommended with a definite 5 star rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief, unforgettable. May 13, 2009
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The funny thing about this book is that it can be read in one sitting, yet it packs the punch of a much larger book. However, while reading like a much larger book, "All That I Have" pulls back with the smaller details. It doesn't condescend to us, it doesn't spell everything out in big sparkly letters so we get it. Either you get it, or you need everything spelled out for you. With the latter, a different author may be desired.

Lucian Wing is an introspective sheriff in his 40's. "Sheriffing" in a small town in Vermont, Wing likes to let things play out the way they are destined, and then handle them from there. He doesn't carry a gun, he doesn't wear a uniform. Everyone knows who he is, and what he does. When trouble comes to town in the form of Russians, a burglary, and the town Casanova/ne'er-do-well, Wing handles everything the way he always does.

One of the things I really liked about this novel is that it reads the way people think. Sure, a little - or lot - more structured, but the smallest thing will get Wing thinking about his wife Clementine, or some moment in his past. And Wing is wise, having learned lessons from his past, through the military, through the beginning of his law enforcement career. He is wise, but he doesn't stop learning, and he knows when to take it easy and see where things go.

That, my friends, is "sheriffing."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews

Castle Freeman, how is it that I have just recently discovered you? Wow, this man can write. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pamela A. Poddany
5.0 out of 5 stars All That I Have
All That I Have is a superbly written novel by Castle Freeman Jr. that is centered around a colorful character named Sheriff Lucian Wing. Read more
Published on November 15, 2012 by C. A. Boswell
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing trifle (potential spoilers)
Disappointing novel whose trivial plot is resolved unconvincingly: we're expected to buy that bloodthirsty Russian mafia types are going to walk away from a small town after their... Read more
Published on February 20, 2010 by Master Cineaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is More
Lucian Wing, the book's narrator, is a Vermont sheriff with a wry sense of humor. He strives for a delicate balance; to keep getting elected he must maintain safety in the county... Read more
Published on July 24, 2009 by madbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Book About Lasting Relationships
This is being billed as a suspense novel and I'm not sure that's all that accurate. I think it's a great story about how one deals with life, and I think there's a lot to learn... Read more
Published on June 19, 2009 by John Standiford
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced
This little book has an awful lot going on. Very hard to put this book down!
Published on June 19, 2009 by Reecia Thompson Stoglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent character study
This was my first meeting with Sheriff Lucian Wing. This is the tale of a rural lawman. The plot is almost secondary to the character development. Read more
Published on June 16, 2009 by Daniel Lee Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Competence
Had Castle Freeman, Jr. written another 175 pages to double the size of his novel, All That I Have, the book wouldn't be half as good as the one he wrote. Read more
Published on June 9, 2009 by Stephen T. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars draws you in, and keeps you there til the end
You know those books you read that you find hard to tear away from once you begin? The kind that, like a bite of your favorite icecream, make you just crave more and not be able... Read more
Published on June 2, 2009 by Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Things in the Simplest of Ways
What stands out for me in Castle Freeman Jr.'s "All That I Have" is the wonderful main character, Sheriff Lucian Wing, and the humor that runs throughout the book. Read more
Published on May 31, 2009 by Karie Hoskins
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