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The Paradoxical Parent (A Nick Williams Mystery) (Volume 13) Paperback – August 5, 2017
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This is an intriguing and exciting story and, as we have come to expect from Frank, extremely well written. He keeps the suspense going and is not afraid to let our heroes show their emotions.
“And, gee. Wow. I didn’t realize you were both real.”
Ack. Book 13 in a series, and it just gets more intense! This one is very emotional, something we should have anticipated in the previous book, when Nick finds sixteen letters written to his father by his mother—after she was supposed to have died. Trick is, Nick’s father never read those letters.
There are tears. And anxiety. And, strangely enough, more joy than one might have anticipated.
Nick and Carter head East, to rural New England, where neither have ever been. They’re on the trail of Alexandra Williams, Nick’s long lamented mother, who supposedly died back in 1929 when Nick and his sister were just children. We thought we knew what had happened, until these letters turned up.
Volume 13 of the adventures of Nick and Carter, and their band of unconventional men and women, seems broadly to be about the meaning of life—and death. There is some rather unpleasant death in it, although the mystery is about a death that happened in the past. It is a journey of discovery for Nick, and therefore also for Carter, because this highly-charged narrative always circles back to these two young men, who have become internationally known—and not necessarily in a good way—simply because they love each other.
What is home? What is family? What is cruelty? What is generosity? These and other questions add the emotional spice that makes this book strikingly different from the dozen that have preceded it. The life we live is only partly decided by what other people do. Ultimately, our choices decide what our life will be. For a series of novels that purport to be all about hijinks in the fabulous fifties, there is an unexpected profundity in Frank Butterfield’s never-ending story.
This series if very satisfying. Looking through the lens of the eyes of these characters into a past that is not so long ago and not so different from our current world yet different in very many ways. It is difficult for me to articulate the feelings I experience reading these books. Having been born in 1955 and having lived in San Francisco in the 70s and 80s I sometimes feel that I am just so right there in the pages of the books and I wish that I could socialize with the inhabitants of the pages.
I look forward to the next chapter in the ongoing series.
The Paradoxical Parent goes down as another of my favorites. I might dare to say, the new best of the best. I've read each Nick Williams P.I. mystery in order, and yet I was not only surprised by the whole general subject of this volume, but also by all the many meandering paths within it. What magic to find the 13th in a series so fresh, so satisfying, and so delicious! Frank Butterfield astounds...once again! My love for so many of these characters continues to grow.
Discovering what happened with his mother and confronting an old boyhood acquaintance. I look forward to these stories anxious to read them, but hate when they are over. I hope you have many more for us.
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As with all the books in this series I really enjoyed reading them all and did not want them to end.