- File Size: 827 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (May 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 6, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0051IPXNA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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As the Crow Dies (The Jason Crow West Texas Mystery Series) Kindle Edition
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Unfortunately, it took me so long to read this book that I had trouble keeping characters straight and remembering details. This is a slow moving book and it was hard to concentrate on it for long periods of time. It didn't help that on every other page, the author felt it was necessary to remind us that Jason is crippled, has no legs and his fake legs won't fit in his girlfriend's car. We got it the first time. I did find Jason's insights and feelings to be genuine, and the reactions to his handicap to be authentic. Most of the other main characters are well-drawn but some of the minor characters come across as one-dimensional if not completely forgettable.
There was a lot of potential here, and with some polishing and editing, this could have been an intriguing read. As is, it's an average whodunit.
Jason Crow, a former local star quarterback with dreams of a professional career, returns from Vietnam minus both legs and newly acquired prostheses. Added to these horrendous problems is being greeted on arrival home with the announcement that his father has committed suicide. Although all evidence points to the suicide conclusion, too many small details, plus his belief in his father, make Jason believe that instead, his father was murdered. With the help of his good friend Zack, he proceeds to attempt to prove that he is right, but to do so, he must interact with persons with whom interpersonal activity in the past has generated multifaceted feelings including not an inconsiderable amount of animosity.
The story is well put together with numerous side issues surrounding the gradually revealed, deeply held, dark secrets that exist in the small town where most inhabitants have lived and known each other for many years. Included are a lawman with more than one reason to dislike Jason, an interrelationship between Jason's sister and his father's partner's black son, the involvement of his mother with oppressive activity by the members of a splinter church, the rumored existence of oil on disputed property and a drug problem that involves Jason's brother as well as others.
Ken Casper has indeed presented a most believable picture of the frustration that would be demonstrated by a six foot six football player who suddenly must face even the simplest tasks from an entirely new viewpoint. It is a presentation that would appear to stem either from close association, or an acute ability to equate with such a person.
In conclusion, it is unfortunate that some of the facts presented in the concluding action-packed climax do not equate completely with the earlier description. However, As the Crow Dies is an interesting read for the unique plot, and perhaps more specifically for the aforementioned unusually empathetic presentation of the protagonist's physical problems and required mental adjustment. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
The plot twists and turns all over the place. I won't give anything away, but the details that get revealed are way, way beyond belief. The bad guy is like a cartoon; his motivations are not those of a realistic human. The writing style is very flat and plodding.
Also there are a ton of anachronisms. The story is supposed to take place in 1968, but so many of the details felt off. Just one glaring example, the characters talk about going to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but a quick internet search reveals that movie was released in 1975. Why bother to mention the movie by title but not check the release date?
It drove me crazy how the narrator fetishizes his half Japanese girlfriend. Actually, when it comes to race, the book does a good job of showing African Americans as nuanced, real people. Too bad Asians are not given the same consideration. He's constantly talking about how her "blood" makes her act certain ways. She even refurbishes her home in Texas to look like a Japanese teahouse, and entertains there like a geisha, with koto music wafting. A few sly references to Madame Butterfly do not negate this blatantly Orientalist characterization.
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