Monday, May 5, 2014
Review: THE FLIES OF AUGUST by P. J. Lee
An intricately plotted mystery/police procedural set in a moderately-sized Connecticut community with the usual continuum of poverty through lower-middle and middle-class to wealthy, this novel will keep readers riveted at the unexpected twists. It's also gratifying to watch the character evolution of the protagonist, Detective Donna Bradley. Revelation of character progression is especially skillful here, in the context of a first-person narrative, where the character must demonstrate not only through her personal thought processes, but also by her speech and actions, and via the metaphorical mirror which other characters hold up.