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Justice for Joshua Paperback – November 14, 2014
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About the Author
A fourth generation Californian and Oakland resident for over 80 years, novelist Richard L. Wren took a leap late in life, publishing his first mystery novel at age 85. CASEY'S SLIP (Poor Richard Publishers, 2011). His second book, JOSHUA'S REVENGE (Poor Richard Publishers), was released in 2012 and the follow-up JUSTICE FOR JOSHUA in 2014. Wren had a 61 year career with New York Life Insurance Co. He was a nationally recognized speaker on the use of life insurance in estate planning. Born in Watsonville, CA, his family moved to Oakland when he was three. He lived there for most of his life, now residing in Lafayette, CA, with his patient wife. He's served on the Board of the Oakland Symphony, and currently on the Board of Directors of the Woodminster Theater (for 35+ years). He started writing CASEY'S SLIP at age 82. "I've always been a story teller since my 4 daughters were small children," said Richard. "Every night I'd challenge them to give me a word and I'd make up a story. Example: They give me 'Hamburger,' and I make up a story about a hamburger that dreamed of becoming a New York steak. I still use that technique. My stories are designed for pure entertainment. I do not have a whole story in mind when I start. I let the story develop itself, just as life does." As with many other fiction writers, he draws from his own personal experiences, people he's met and places he knows. Basing characters on people he knows, and locations in his books on places he has spent time in gives his stories a sense of reality. But more than a mere novelist, he's also published a booklet for would-be novelists of completely practical advice. Short, practical and to the point, A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WRITING & PUBLISHING A NOVEL: THE KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SUCCESSFUL (K.I.S.S.) WAY, now in a second edition (Poor Richard Publishers, 2012, 2015). The booklet can help writers kick-start their process as well as finish up and publish their novels. Already adopted as required reading for a graduate school publishing course, it's is likely to receive much acceptance for its practical advice and brevity. Richard L. Wren is a great example of someone who has reinvented himself and his career - especially so late in life. He's also a model for would-be novelists, both old and young.
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Not bad. Joshua is still too perfect to be true, but he does show a few flaws this time, and his mere presence doesn't make everything magically better.
Hoping for a third book in the series.
Like an artist in fierce command of his palette, Wren, using words rather than color as tools of expression, paints a vivid and precisely detailed canvas that teems with a gallery of unforgettable characters. Whether it’s his strong-willed wife Fern, driver/sidekick Hal or dangerous gang leader Ramon Navarese, all are rendered with equal finesse and facility.
Wren’s ear for creating fluid, realistic dialogue, as sharp as it is wry, is especially outstanding. There were so many times when I was reading this book that I kept thinking it would make a great film or episodic TV series.
"Justice for Joshua" was such a pleasure to read that it almost pains me to bring up the faint sprinkling of typos and occasional wrong word choices (i.e. “taught” muscles when it should be taut) scattered throughout the book. But regardless, Wren’s suspense/thriller is so good that to avoid reading it because of these slight lapses in copy-editing is to miss out on a marvelous and highly enjoyable read. Well done!
*I received this book for an honest review