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Understated. Haunting. Sublime. Dorie McCullough Lawson's brilliantly subdued debut novel, which is set in rural Wyoming, revolves around the relationship between the overly curious wife of a paleontologist and his mother's mysterious boyfriend -- a man who could very well be one of the most notorious criminals in the country.
When Kate Colter and her husband, George, meet his elderly mother's new beau -- a strikingly handsome man in his 60s named Tom Baxter -- everyone is thrilled that Lorraine, a widow for years, has finally found a suitable companion. But the more Kate -- who grew up in Bristol, Massachusetts -- finds out about the friendly and intelligent man, the more she begins to link him to Whitey Bulger, a legendary Boston gangster who has been on the run from the law for years. Could this charismatic and generous man really be on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list for extortion, racketeering, narcotics, conspiracy, and 18 counts of murder?
Mystery fans who enjoy their novels laden with over-the-top action and overtly graphic crime scenes may find Lawson's first novel decidedly dull; but readers who lean toward more introspective, cerebral novels like The Wildfire Season by Andrew Pyper and Nancy Pickard's The Virgin of Small Plains will find Along Comes a Stranger an absolute gem of a novel. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen