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- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (October 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2013
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- Language: English
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The story gets off to a crackling, if painful, start and the developments keep coming, carried along by hints that are satisfied with flash. It’s sometimes a violent story, but only when it has to be. It’s more a loving story: about food, drink, women, work, journalistic integrity, justice, and redemption.
With the appealing descriptions of meals, as well as of Lawrence, the Kansas countryside, and the ideas he brings in, he sounds like a guy I’d love to have a long dinner with. He appreciates women, as I do, and offers life lessons along the way, as lovers incidentally might. His conversations ring true, even more so than in his earlier Rabble: Life in These United Christian States of Holy America, which I so enjoyed as to happily reach for another of his, though I didn’t think I’d have the time to read it for a while. Rabble, and his additional comments here, on religion and abusive historical relationships, turned out to mesh with my project well.
The restoration and expansion of the bar he buys are stimulating to someone who enjoys planning big projects and has always wanted to get around to more carpentry. I’m wondering where McGuire’s chronic tendencies toward involvement in justice and redemption will take him next.
I’m glad to see there’s another book in the series, Heart Chants. I’m looking forward to taking it up.
Randy Attwood is good and getting better. Watch him!
Back home, he molds his dream of owning a bar into a tangible reality. His bare hands work old damaged wood as they knead the sorrow out of his soul. Fate is a whimsical mistress, and he soon finds himself under the spell of his reporters' instincts when bodies turn up and the CIA starts sniffing around a quiet little town in Kansas.
Atmospheric and philosophical, Tortured Truths is a skillfully written journey into a wounded mind searching for peace. A thoughtful commentary on power and corruption, and an asset to any library.
The back story of the protagonist, Philip McGuire, a veteran foreign correspondent seasoned by many tours in distant locales, is remarkably vivid. Assigned to Lebanon in the first Reagan administration, McGuire is grabbed by Hezbollah. Being one of the few journalists with detailed knowledge of the Marine base, his hand was carved up by a Farsi speaking sadist by the name of Mohammed. Ultimately, McGuire spills the beans. The Marines are blown sky high, killing more than 200 hundred. McGuire's intricately sculpted hand becomes gangrenous. He is released and whisked by the CIA to a secret base in Germany. There he is held incommunicado, at McGuire's and his publisher's consent, while his hand is reconstructed by the best American surgeons and the CIA accomplishes some nefarious purpose. His second toe becomes his thumb, The little finger, his index finger. Attwood's background as a medical journalist gives this section of the book especial credence and leaves the reader open-mouthed at times. The final contraption resembles, according to McGuire, a squirrel's paw, but it is almost fully functionally.
Unhappily, McGuire is not. He is impotent, both sexually and professionally. He quits journalism, and returns to the university town of Lawrence, Kansas, where he learned his trade, as much by hanging out at his favorite haunt, the Bierstube, as the J-school. Luckily, the Bierstube is up for sale and for reasons he didn't quite understand, the US government gave him a farewell gift of $50,000.
Just as his life should become complacent, it becomes interesting again. For one thing, he regains his sexual potency by being seduced by an old flame, Brenda. She is a procurer of big funds for the university endowment association. Her charms not only turn on McGuire but also her immediate boss, the second in command in the office, Robert Tilson. This guy has big ambitions. He wants to become a university vice president and head of the department. He appears set to do so. He has brought in unprecedented amounts of loot from the university's farm lands. His hands match his professional ambitions in running over the bodies of all women in his grasp, and he has a large grasp.
Before McGuire can form a bonded relationship, a journalism student comes looking for him. She has a background and personality much like the junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. Of an American mother and Cuban immigrant father, Sheila Perez is mouthy and ambitious. McGuire becomes her mentor and lover. His old professionalism smells a big rat in Brenda's boss Tilson. A very little research shows he's using some of the university land to grow pot. Then to McGuire things begin to go terribly wrong.
He learns one of Tilson's associates is an Iranian. Worse, he learns that these boys are planning but nixing terrorist acts. His old CIA acquaintances come acalling. He begins to intuit they all along had larger plans for him, hence the hard-to-understand lump sum payment as he left Europe. Then Sheila, on the trail of a story to bust Tilson, goes missing.
Tortured Truths is a brilliant crime novel, a real barn burner. It reads incredibly fast and yes, I must admit having known Randy Attwood since we took creative writing workshops from Professor Wolfe at KU years ago. I also will forecast this book will be nominated for an Edgar award.
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