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The Homecoming Paperback – June 13, 2017
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About the Author
Critical acclaim has greeted bestselling author Alan Russell’s novels from coast to coast. Publishers Weekly calls him “one of the best writers in the mystery field today.” The New York Times says, “He has a gift for dialogue,” while the Los Angeles Times calls him a “crime fiction rara avis.” Russell’s novels have ranged from whodunits to comedic capers to suspense and have been nominated for most of the major awards in crime fiction. He has been awarded a Lefty, a Critics’ Choice Award, and the Odin Award for Lifetime Achievement from the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. A California native, Russell is a former collegiate basketball player who nowadays plays under the rim. The proud father of three children, Russell resides with his wife in Southern California.
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Top customer reviews
When Stella returns seven years later she is thin, pale, and tells a story of The Travelers.
An alien abduction? A government cover up?
Mysterious agents direct a Oxy addicted psychiatrist. Stella's return to Torrey Pines Academy, a toney San Diego-area high school is problematic as she unwittingly outshines the Y-Girls (a group of "mean girls" whose names all end in Y--Courtney, Brittany, Tiffany. A sex offender who had stalked Stella a a child is released from prison.
And into this multi-layered mess wades Cheever.
Cheever, who made his first appearance in MORTAL WOUNDS (some consider this Russell's best, most accomplished novel), slogs on, peeling back the many layers.
Readers are going to love of hate this novel. I loved it. It has all the hallmarks of Russell's best work, snappy dialog, the "groaners"--puns, strong characters, and a strong sense of place. San Diego readers will love the "inside baseball". The chapters where Cheever explores the Salton Sea community is worth the price of admission.
A bit of sci-fi, a bit of mystery, a bit of a send-up of the pampered teens of TPA (where the student drive better cars than their teachers) make for an enjoyable and fast read.