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Innocent Little Crimes Paperback – September 15, 2012
About the Author
C. S. Lakin writes novels in numerous genres, focusing mostly on contemporary psychological mysteries and allegorical fantasy. Her novel Someone to Blame (contemporary fiction) won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel competition 2009 (published October 2010). Lakin's Gates of Heaven fantasy series for adults (AMG-Living Ink Publishers) features original full-length fairy tales in traditional style. Already in print are the first books in the series, The Wolf of Tebron. The Map across Time, The Land of Darkness, and The Unraveling of Wentwater, with two more to follow.
In addition to her mysteries and fantasy series, she has written the first book in a young adult sci-fi adventure series: Time Sniffers. Her contemporary mystery Innocent Little Crimes made the top one hundred finalists in the 2009 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, earning her a Publisher's Weekly review, which stated her book was "a page-turning thrill-ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through."
She recently completed Intended for Harm, an epic family sage that is a contemporary take-off on the biblical story of Jacob and Joseph and is developing a swashbuckling dog memoir in the style of Moby Dick entitled A Dog after God's Own Heart. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband Lee, a gigantic lab named Coaltrane, and three persnickety cats. You can connect with her on twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive. Or visit her author page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/C.S.Lakin.Author.
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I'm not a fan of "fat jokes" as you might guess, but the sensitivity of one individual to being ridiculed for her weight may affect their entire life. That's what happened to Lila Carmichael...
She turned that ridicule into a comedy act that led to stardom for her--sorta like the Kathy Griffin type I gather from what was said... but looking more like Roseann Barr at various weights...Me? I sometimes enjoy Roseann's humor:
Roseanne Barr Quotes
"Women complain about PMS, but I think of it as the only time of the month when I can be myself."
"Women should try to increase their size rather than decrease it, because I believe the bigger we are, the more space we'll take up, and the more we'll have to be reckoned with."
"The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it."
Main things about Lila was that she was intelligent, had a long memory, and was a great performer who made big bucks!
And she kept track of the people who "done her wrong... which included her father..."
Needless to say, Lila's (actually Delilah, as named by her mother even at her father's anger...) father was a hell's fire type of minister. For one, he had wanted a boy to carry on his ministry. When that didn't happen, he started a regiment for Lila to memorize the Bible. When she failed, he withheld food...
At 18 she left, leaving a note, that was all...
She had tried for and got a scholarship and went on to college, mainly just to get away from home. Fortunately, she was placed in a room with Millie and they became friends. Both were overweight and could support each other...
Millie got involved with the Thespians, mainly to maybe meet a guy who would date her. When she found out how involved Lila was with movies, acting, she coaxed her to become involved. And she had the chance when the administrators decided to ensure students outside of the Thespians group could try out for lead roles. She got the part to be the lead female, which Della would normally have played, with Davis playing the lead male
They were just about ready and having their last rehearsal. Lila was in seventh heaven. She had fallen in love with Davis during their many rehearsals which required kissing...and Davis seemed to love her too. But something happened that night as everybody was leaving.
Lila never showed up for the performance! And she was never seen by any of the Group after that, although they all knew she had become a success!
Fifteen years pass and readers learn about the present lives of each of the small group of friends within the Thespian group. At a crucial point in each of their lives, they get an invitation for a Reunion of the Thespians to be hosted by Lila...(pics and excerpts on my blog)
It was Payback Time.
By now, readers of Lakin probably realize that there is a moral to most of her books... She knows that all of us perform Innocent Little Crimes... Oh, ours might not be so visible, or we might not have them seen by others... But we open our mouths and say something we really don't mean by accident... Some say things by design, wanting to hurt or humiliate, while others say things as a joke or to win a bet. Davis, for instance, had won the bet... But the results were not what any expected...
When I had to take a medical leave from work due to job burnout, a woman said to me, "Come with me to church--you need to get right with the Lord..." Hey, it had not been me that had caused my burnout! I was OK with my Lord! Yet, some Christians say things that just don't make sense and come across as a voice of condemnation rather than of love and kindness. Fortunately, my pastor and his wife had provided loving guidance for me, but, still, that woman's comment remained with me...
Would Delilah have been different if she'd had a loving, kind, father that shared the grace of Jesus with her and his wife rather than a man who, for instance, forced his daughter to commit the Bible to memory or not get something to eat? Oh yes, I do think so. When she arrived at college, she was not prepared to understand that all may perform innocent little crimes, and deal with them as best as she could. Instead, the crimes changed Lila...and the world paid her lots of money to ridicule...herself...so they could laugh at her...
Ok, OK, I probably shouldn't have said this in advance of your reading this... But, I do highly recommend it...Tell me you disagree! I'd love to argue about it with you... LOL
Lila Carmichael, a foul-mouthed, stand-up comic, has invited her college classmates of years past, former members of The Thespian Drama Club, to her palatial home on an isolated island off of Seattle. She is wealthy, successful and powerful in Hollywood, and all come at her beck and call. She does not invite them because she looks forward to their company, but she seeks vengeance for a trick that they played on her in their college days. Jonathan Levin, a once successful Hollywood director, who has fallen out of favor, and who also has just been fired, hastens to Lila's island in hopes of getting her to agree to back his pet project. He is renowned for being difficult to work with, and nasty to all and sundry. His eventual fate was rather cruel in the end, a fate that had nothing to do with these characters, and almost made me think that the author enjoyed seeing people end up miserable. Dick Ferral, a loser, who is a community organizer of sorts, and whose claim to fame is organizing some kind of environmental plan, earns little income, cheats on his wife, Millie, and steals monies from the city's coffers to spend on his latest bimbo. His wife Millie is fifty pounds overweight, and he publicly humiliates her about this, and criticizes her about every other thing he can. His first name fits him. Millie works full time, is the sole support of the family and loving mother of their two daughters, but it is Dick who controls the purse strings and metes out all the money, which poor downtrodden Millie resents. He wants to become a State Senator and knows Lila can help him with her connections. Della Roman, who was a beauty in her college days, and secured all the lead roles in the college plays, turned into a pill-popper and an alcolholic. Della hopes Lila will help her get an acting role, any acting role. She's seeing a psychiatrist, but unbeknown to her, this psychiatrist, is under Lila's control. In fact, Lila's part with Della's psychiatrist was tantamount to a criminal act, but she paid no consequence. Davis Gregory was the handsomest one of the group in college and is still quite handsome. He is a successful businessman, and he brings his very young fiancee, Cynthia, all of nineteen years old, along with him to this so-called reunion. He wants Lila to invest in some of his business ventures. His fiancee was the only one who voiced an objection to the humiliating mind-games that Lila was playing with her "friends."
They all want something from Lila. What Lila wants from them is the proverbial pound of flesh. From one of them in particular she wants a specific something, and she has been manipulating this person's life for the past fifteen years; lest he deny her what she wants, she will destroy him. And she wants the others to prevail on this person to yield to her demands. If they succeed, they will be well rewarded. If they fail, she will make their lives miserable. This is a sickening story.
Lila, the most disgraceful of the lot, suffered a miserable childhood at the hands of a fire and brimstone preacher father. To teach her to follow the way of the Lord, he often starved her as a child for days. Hungry, she would go through the rubbish in school for discarded lunches. After her friends betrayed her in college, in despair, she left the school, and returned home only to listen to her father preach that she allowed herself to walk in the path of Satan. He locked her in her room and put her in a straight jacket. She finally escaped from that wretched home, and through the years went on to fame and fortune. Her revenge on these people on this island, however, is a thousand times more humiliating than the trick that these people played on her in college. She, in, essence, turned into her spiteful, cruel, insane, wrathful father.
There are few, if any, likable characters in this book. And there are definitely few innocent little crimes in this book.
The author claims that she was inspired to write this book by Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." To draw a parallel with the claptrap of this novel to the brilliant work of Dame Agatha is sheer nonsense, and an insult to the Queen of mystery.
Finally, I will never read another work by this author. She doesn't have a considerate thought in her mind. Nasty! Nasty! Amazon Verified Purchase.