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Hollon (Blood and Circumstance, 2006) specializes in crafting brooding crime novels that might be labeled existential noir. The tense plots primarily turn on the psyches of unusual protagonists who appear to be rational until they erupt in violence. In his sixth novel, Hollon depicts a seemingly ordinary man, James Early Winwood, who has suffered severe emotional damage. He loses his warmly affectionate father at 11 and is raised by his emotionally distant mother. He struggles to fit in in high school, developing a crush on a troubled girl that eventually becomes an obsession. When he discovers that she has turned into a full-blown crack addict, he rescues her, loses her, and spends 10 years trying to forget her. Then he has a second chance at love with a wealthy divorcée, and he decides to leave nothing to chance, even if it means committing murder. Hollon skillfully creates a mesmerizing portrayal of a vulnerable man in search of love and connection. Shocking and moving all at once, this is one of the most unusual crime novels you’ll ever read. --Joanne Wilkinson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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“… pack[s] in so much depth…a testament to the author’s ability to spin layers of meaning in deceptively simple prose.”
Baltimore Sun

“…an elegantly crafted philosophical meditation on the meaning of life…the real star of this novel is the human voice itself—convincing, justifying, exploring, sometimes rambling, sometimes sharply focused, looking for certainty, yet knowing it’s a rarity…an illuminating little parable about self-deception and revelation.”
Times-Picayune

“Hollon is one of Alabama’s best kept literary secrets…he continues to put his own singular spin on the legacy left behind by his Southern forebears…[and] brilliantly composes new lyrics for the old, dark songs sung by those who came before him, Southern masters like Robert Penn Warren and William Faulkner.”
The Anniston Star --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596922931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596922938
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,512,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great read. I couldn't put it down. I loved the way the protagonist justified his poor decision by believing he's saving those he loves. Interesting ending. I think he thought he spoke his last words, but he actually imagined it. Read it and you decide.
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Wait is a worthwhile novel from an interesting mind, that will make you think about your soul, and the state of it, and the reasons why your soul may be in that state. It will make you look around your life with a new, healthy suspicion, and try to imagine your spouse with a gun in his hand, standing there blankly, ready to pull the trigger.
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Can't go wrong with this book. Far from a lighthearted read, it is well written and flows from chapter to chapter and before you know it, your at the end. A lot like life. Anyone adult should enjoy this book. Get it, read it, and then sit and think about your life and what it means to you.
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The Wait----which could have easily been called "The Weight" -- is one of the best books I have read in the last ten years. It follows Early Winwood from conception to death, layering bawdy anecdotes over Early's harrowing choices, trying to calculate the value of redemption.

Hollon generally writes ambitious, smart, layered novels with the kind of thematic focus that fans of John Updike and Robert Penn Warren will appreciate, and THE WAIT may be well be his finest work to date.
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