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Blue Hole Hardcover – August 10, 1999
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It is the summer of 1969 in Barrington, Ga., and Charley Selkirk, a 17-year-old white Southerner, is at a critical point in his life in reporter and columnist Gearino's third novel (after the popular What the Deaf Mute Heard; Counting Coup). During the first year of school integration, Charley is booted out of school just weeks before his graduation because he aggressively tackles the team's star quarterback, after the quarterback bullies a new black player during spring drills. Also abandoned by his longtime girlfriend, Charley lives with his withdrawn mother in a house haunted by the drowning death of his younger brother years ago. Then, by chance, Charley meets Tallasee, a Barrington native who is back in town after years as a model and photographer and a brief, unhappy marriage to a rock musician. Tallasee hires Charley as an assistant while she completes a book of portraits of mountain women, but it is as partners that they undertake a search for a missing boy, the grandson of one of the elderly women. Their quest takes them to a squalid commune set in the hills near Barrington, where Lucas, a Vietnam vet tortured by flashback memories, befriended the missing boy. When it becomes clear that the boy is dead, everyone is convinced that Lucas is guilty, but Charley thinks otherwise, and he sets a trap for a killer whose unmasking sends shock waves through the little town. Though his pacing is sometimes uneven, Gearino strongly but subtly evokes the turbulent summer of '69 in small-town Georgia, coming at racial tension, the counterculture and the legacy of Vietnam from unexpected angles and finding redemption in Charley and Tallasee's unusual friendship, the unburdening of family secrets and the bittersweet triumph of truth and justice. 7-city author tour. (Aug.)
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From Library Journal
Its 1969, Charleys Southern high school is integrating, and hes just gotten himself expelled. Then he and a friend start looking for a missing boy, and Charley realizes that things are not what they seem in his little town. Gearinos successful What the Deaf Mute Saw has already been made into a TV movie.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Gearino returns with his third novel about small-town life in Georgia, this one a mystery about a missing teenager, a Utopian commune, and a well-meaning high school boy who tries to connect the dots.
Charley Selkirk finds himself kicked out of high school and girlfriendless after defending a black football player with his own brand of off-the-cuff justice. Faced with a lifetime of nothing to do ahead of him, he hires on as temporary help for town photographer (and Gearino regular character) Tallassee Tynan. The two of them, while visiting one of Tynan's subjects, are told the woman's grandson is missing. Tynan wants to drop it; Selkirk (probably still staring that lifetime of nothing to do in the face) wants to investigate. He wins; complications ensue.
The plot gets stretched pretty thin in places in this book (having not read Gearino's previous work, I'm not sure exactly how thin it is; some things that look like major coincidences here may have popped up in his two previous novels), but the plot should be taking second seat to the characters and descriptions in this one. Blue Hole is peopled with the kinds of characters one always hopes to find in real life, but never quite does-- they look like stereotypes on the surface, but there's a level beneath that makes them anything but. The good-ole-boy sherriff has a collection of oddities he's come across during his time in office; the paranoid vet may have very good reasons to be paranoid. Etc. When the book slips in place A, it's always made up for in place B. That leads to inconsistency, but doesn't make the book any less worth reading. *** 1/2
This is not a bad book by any means, but if you are looking for a story that has lots of non-stop action, that leaves you on the edge of your seat...this is not the story for you! As I soon found out!!!! :)