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Ravens Hardcover – July 15, 2009
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Starred Review. Soon after Mitch and Patsy Boatwright, two down-home one-step-above-poor-white Georgians, win the $318 million Max-a-Million jackpot in this stellar thriller from bestseller Green (The Juror), they receive two unwelcome visitors—Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko, who are fleeing nowhere techie jobs in Ohio for a never-never Florida dream. Shaw, the brains, and Romeo, his half-unwilling brawny pawn, threaten to kill the Boatwrights' loved ones unless the couple agree to hand over half their winnings. Through rapidly shifting points of view, especially the clear eyes of daughter Tara Boatwright, a community college student, Green frighteningly and unequivocally shows how victims can come to adore their tormentors, amid a mix of madness, fear, isolation, greed and delusions of power and glory. This exquisite novel of psychological suspense builds to a devastating resolution that will leave readers with the cold shudders for a long time afterward. (July)
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Shaw and Romeo, friends from grade school to their present-day labors in dead-end tech-support jobs, are headed for a Florida vacation. In a Georgia convenience store, Shaw learns from a clerk that a local family purchased a lottery ticket worth $318 million, and he hatches a plan to get half of it. His plan is simple: Shaw takes the family “hostage” by telling them that Romeo is driving around their small city, ready to murder their loved ones if they don’t support the ruse that Shaw is due half the winnings. As news of the family’s big win spreads, crowds throng around the house, and the terror inside it grows. Green, the author of the acclaimed The Caveman’s Valentine (2000), is skilled at psychological suspense. More than half a dozen major characters are fully developed, and their evolving reactions to their situations and to other characters are sure to engage readers who like to feel the narrative screws tightening. --Thomas Gaughan
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In the grim and grey, blue-collar, Bible-Belt town of Brunswick, Georgia, the grim and grey Boatwrights have miraculously won the Max-A-Million lottery. Mitch Boatwright, the timorous, Scripture-bound head of the family, together with his shrewish, alcoholic wife, Patsy, live with their two children in disturbing disquiet. Believing that the jackpot is their chance to marry happiness, Mitch and Patsy swear their family to secrecy, not wanting to divulge their winnings right away to the community.
The two swindlers, Shaw and Romeo, are traveling through from Piqua, Ohio. Shaw stops at the service station where the winning ticket was sold, and with the combination of right time and right place, learns of the big-ticket win. He subsequently hatches a scheme to extort half of the money from the Boatwrights, luring Romeo reluctantly into the deal. Preying on the willing vulnerabilities of Brunswick's citizens and the chronic turmoil of the Boatwrights, Shaw swoops in and frightens the family into cooperating with his plan.
The prose bewitches with a heinous, acid crackle that horrifies but seduces you. Shaw's outrageous gall is convincing in dissembling a town into cult worship, paying homage to Michael Valentine Smith in Stranger in a Strange Land, but with less vision and more malice and greed. The most unforgettable character, however, is Romeo, a confused, pathetic, but reverberating mixture of self-condemnation, altruism, and rueful loyalty. The author's ingenious portrait of this doomed and contradictory man is ripe with a tragic pathos generally reserved for the hero or anti-hero. He is in a class by himself--a blighted, inchoate, but compelling mirror of skewed humanity.
This strange and allegorical parody of blind faith will grip you in its talons from the opening pages and shock you; frighten you; humor you; and thrill you until its merciless end.