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But their romantic days and nights come crashing down when Whit confronts three teenagers who break into his house and are dismantling a stereo system. When one boy fires at Whit, he responds, fires back, and kills two boys and cripples the girl who was with the intruders.
Author Berkeley Rourke explores both sides of the keeping and use of guns as the incident causes conflict between Kathleen and her teenage daughter Carolyn who abhors the use of guns. The media and the public take sides on the issue of owning guns. Tragedy follows as Whit is jailed on charges of second-degree murder and assault. The mother of one dead boy commits suicide and her mother dies of a heart attack.
Violence begets more violence as a contract is put out on Whit's life, and while he is acquitted of all charges and set free, after narrowly escaping death when an inmate stabs him, the issue of guns doesn't end there. While Whit is adamant that he had the right to use a gun to protect himself and his loved one, Kathleen becomes a victim of the hit man. Though she survives, the issue of guns, and Kathleen's daughter Carolyn, who turns on Whit, tears apart the two lovers.
Rourke shows us in the daily lives of ordinary people the two sides of the gun issue and delves into the theme of how violence only results in more violence. The story is well written and Rourke, an attorney, gives us an inside look at the workings, and sometimes non-workings of the law.
I'll give him five stars for an intricate plot, well-developed characters, and a well-grounded knowledge of the law that we don't question but take as the reality of the system.
Whit Mooreland finds the love of his life, wants to live happily ever after, and is all set to do so until calamity strikes. Three youth break into his house, a gun battle ensues, and Walt gets the best of the intruders. But the aftermath turns out to be as wearing as the event itself.
The first person narrative really drew me in. The writing is realistic. The plot pits friend and neighbor, parent and child, lover and loved, against one another.
Berkeley Rourke explores the pros and cons of gun control, the effects of gun violence on both the aggressor and the defender, and how lives can be shaken and torn apart simply by a pull of a trigger. The justice system, the 2nd Amendment, politics, and societal values are all put under the microscope. It's a timely tale, written with objectivity and passion.
The author does a very good job of drawing you into the emotional elements of the story, creating a sympathetic connection with the characters and then twists the tale, turning the evils of society against the protagonists, making you question the laws governing the use of guns and how safe they really are.
A thought-provoking novel, filled with action, suspense and first-person narrative, making it a worthwhile read.
The story is good, following the man through the first few days after meeting the love of his life, Kathleen Jamieson, and through the heartbreaking years that follow. Without giving too much away, the plot revolves around one tragic night and the consequences that both Whit and Kathleen deal with afterwards.
This isn't your classic love story of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and they live happily ever after. There is a deeper and political message woven throughout this book. The book takes place in Arizona. Being from Canada myself, I found the gun laws and usage throughout the book interesting and educational.
I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.