The Grey Man- Twilight Kindle Edition
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The story is multifaceted in that as one generation takes the golden retirement watch, the next generation steps in with a determination to not simply carry on, but to continue moving forward. Mr. Cronin touches something in all of us and his granddaughter is the girl from the ranch next door to your own that is the picture of frontier beauty and toughness all wrapped together in an educated package. The lawyer and fellow Green Beret veteran Billy Moore makes his appearance as do others that have been such an integral part of this series.
Perhaps the irony for myself in reading and reviewing "The Grey Man--Twilight" is that with the first book in this series, the title was "Vignettes," which according to the Oxford, is "a brief evocative description, account, or episode." "Twilight" was, for me, more apt of a series of vignettes than any of the previous books, and as such, kept my attention rapt and whole throughout the duration.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read. To employ a cliché like simile (see what I just did there?), "Twilight" is the equivalent of a literary reunion of old friends and family members.
In the twilight years, our hero (Mr. Cronin) comes to the official end of his career as a sheriff's deputy, and gets closer to handing family authority to his granddaughter and her husband. The old wolf still has a lot of surprises, and many tricks to teach his pack and their cubs. The book, like others in the series, is written as a weave of related vignettes. The Grey Man mentors his grandson-in-law to be a better deputy and his successor as chief investigator, with a number of poignant and funny tales.
Along the way, his granddaughter Jesse and her husband Aaron take up the family mantle of local leadership in business, law, and community, with Aaron's battle buddy/ranch manager Matt and his wife, often times with great hilarity. One particular example of justice and humor comes when an over-zealous rulekeeper attempts to shame the Grey Man and Jesse out of an Old West competition, for non-standard costumes, and calls for police to remove them from the location. There were only two problems with her rule keeping - the costumes came from the old house, in the Grey Man's grandparents' trunks, and she didn't realize who the old man really was Whoops.
I’m one of those strange people who, if they see a book in a series, start at the beginning of the series all the way through to the new book to put it in the proper context. I read fast and I have a lot of free time so this isn’t much of a burden. This book fits well within the context of the series and provides an obvious transition into a new book and perhaps even a new series.
No matter, I’ll be buying it and eagerly reading it.
And as a word of advice, please don't sit down to read this until you have marked out enough time to read it all the way through! You have been warned!
The author is a past master at lulling readers into complacency with day to day events, and then things happen suddenly and we're caught by surprise. It's a rare writer who can so completely draw us in that we feel like we're actually there, but Mr. Curtis makes it look easy. The suspense of real life in law enforcement near the southern border is clearly drawn. And the transition into retirement is ... let me just say that it's tougher on those picking up the reins than for him who decides to fade away.
J.L. Curtis tells the story as if over coffee with friends; it's compelling, and you won't want to stop. And as you read the last page, you WILL want more.