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Echoes Paperback – November 8, 2010
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I am sorry I waited. Echoes shows, more than anything else, just how versatile Lennon's characters can be. Their dark and light sides meld seamlessly, allowing--almost daring--the reader to make his or her own judgments. One cannot make assumptions about motivation too quickly, as what makes a particular character tick may well find challenge on the next page. Are we to trust Sassy Jones, the veteran NOLA cop, psychological profiler, and renowned judge of character to make accurate appraisals of those closest to her? What skeletons linger in the closet of the meticulous medical examiner Lecher, and do we believe that a man whose entire career has been in law enforcement could really cross the Rubicon and take justice into his own hands? Finally, what are we to make of Detective Michel Doucette's struggles with the nature of his relationship with the much younger and less directed Joel? Or is it Doucette who ultimately needs to achieve maturity?
The answers to these questions are not simple, nor are they revealed on the last page. Rather, Lennon, leaves us wondering about his characters, and, therefore, ourselves. Echoes shares some characters and setting with The Quarter Boys, but it is a much more complex and ruminative read, providing a rich background that only adds to tension as the mystery unfolds. Where The Quarter Boys featured New Orleans's steamy side, Echoes' layered plot and textured characters take center stage, and with their depth comes the revelation that Lennon is indeed a serious writer. The multiple punches that the ending delivers leave us wondering not only what is next for his characters, but for him as well.
Echoes is a great read. He continues his story of Michel Doucette, sort of. All of the main characters are there, but the angle is different... and it works! I loved this story. I had hoped that some of the characters from the first book were more active in this one, but it didn't matter. More great character development and great suspense. Of course, I guessed who the bad guy was in the first chapter... and the second... and the third... when he/she was finally revealed it was a total surprise, but logical.
Hey, you haven't purchased this book yet? What the hell are you waiting for? Your missing out on another great David Lennon mystery!
This book won the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award!
Echoes (The Quarter Boys)
When I realized it was going to be focused on Sassy, I was a little disappointed as she was probably the least interesting character for me in the first book. However, Lennon does a wonderful job of filling in her backstory and introduces some new and interesting characters. If I had any complaints, it's that I missed some of the characters from the first book, some of whom are only briefly mentioned in passing. Joel, the main character from the the first book, is absent from the story for many chapters.
Looking forward to the 3rd book in the series, and I hope it doesn't end there!