The story itself offers interlocking strands that come together in the person of Evers Wheeling, a preternaturally young North Carolina judge who's headed to the dogs with his eyes wide open, "waiting to hit bottom," as he puts it. But just before he makes it there, into his life comes a blonde in trouble with an outrageous (and ever-mutating) tale of a brother who needs help avoiding a jail sentence. That this brother turns out not to resemble his sister in the slightest--he's an African-American dwarf, and strong for his size--is just a small surprise in the overall scheme of things. (Here you might start trying to picture The Maltese Falcon as rewritten by Charles Portis.)
There's an elusive prize, possibly a cache of rare stamps worth millions, and a decided falling-out between an uncertain alliance of thieves; there's also a brutal murder, one that's close enough to home to put Evers Wheeling on trial for his own life. In addition to all this, there's Evers's brother, Pascal, to reckon with: he's the one with the double-wide trailer parked back in the woods, the IQ that's off the charts, the preference for staying stoned, and the one trying to help his sibling in any way he can, no matter the illegality.
The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living is enough to put Good Ole Boys back in style. But until Martin Clark writes his next book, I guess all I can do is go back and reread Michael Malone's equally memorable--and moving--Handling Sin, perhaps the best Southern novel of the past quarter-century. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book whilst sitting on the TBR pile admittedly was an unintentional read in August. My wife took this one on holiday drawn in undoubtedly by a fantastic description on the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by col2910
Well I'm focusing on the trial in which Evers and Jo Miller face each other and Jo Miller lies that she didn't commit adultery and that Evers left her for no good reason. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Still Life
Clark writes dialogue like no other and his characters have tremendous depth and color. The legal aspects are handled realistically as one might expect given the author's... Read morePublished 18 months ago by James M. Vukelic
Can't believe this was written by a judge from Stuart VA. Either he has an over-the-top imagination, or he has seen a lot! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Leigh King
If you (like this reviewer) are not big on suspension of disbelief then this book is not for you. To me it was a jumble of main character Judge Evers Wheeling's mess of a life... Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by CM514 "Chris"
This is what I look for in a book. It's funny and it moves right along and it's unorthodox, not the usual "legal thriller." There's never a dull moment.Published on June 8, 2012 by GRANDMO
As an expert on the many aspects of mobile home living, I thought this book would be right up my alley. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by H. P.
Martin Clark has created a cast of characters who come alive and are oddly believable in their actions during the course of the novel. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by michael a. draper
I did a full-blown review of The Legal Limit where I mentioned I'd read all of Judge Clark's books in reverse order. Read morePublished on April 7, 2010 by BlueSkyRider