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Devil's Bridge

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by Greg Lilly
 

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Two friends, Myra and Topher, deal with their twisting lives. Her husband beats her, his lover ignores him, and their friendship must bend with changes of its own.

Dealing with their own problems, Myra's increasingly violent husband and Topher's unrequited love for his partner Alex, they don't realize how much their lives parallel each other.

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Two friends, Myra and Topher, deal with their twisting lives. Her husband beats her, his lover ignores him, and their friendship must bend with changes of its own.

Dealing with their own problems, Myra's increasingly violent husband and Topher's unrequited love for his partner Alex, they don't realize how much their lives parallel each other.

Myra's husband Gil controls her actions with his violence. Doubts finally creep into Myra's reluctant mind. Her dream of a happy family is slipping out of her reach. Although Topher helps her build self-esteem and is the stable influence in her life, he is in a crisis over where he fits in the gay community - too old for the club life, but not in a stable committed relationship. He allows Alex to manipulate him with the future possibility of love.

Finding strength to leave their relationships, Myra and Topher decide to escape from their life and start over - together. But, Myra's husband craves revenge. At a place called DEVIL'S BRIDGE, vengeance is redeemed.

Editorial Reviews

Richard Labonte
This is definitely a book for both women & gay men-though gay women & straight men will find a lot of value & entertainment to it. Lilly's nuanced tale of the friendship between a gay man and his best gal friend is taut and polished; gay men will identify with Topher's need for a change in life after too many boyfriend disappointments, and Myra's desperate need to get away from an abusive husband is heart-poundingly realistic. This is a solid novel about how integralemotional freedom is in life.
Rochelle Brener
And yet another of his strengths is his pacing. Lilly's novels are beautifully crafted. They don't meander; they don't slow down. He writes one scene that builds upon the scene before it with elegant timing and exquisite architecture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932300789
Publisher:
Regal Crest Enterprises
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Growing up in Bristol, Virginia and then living in Charlotte, North Carolina, the rich storytelling tradition of the South pulled Greg Lilly into writing. He first turned to writing short stories after plot lines and characters emerged from the technical manuals he wrote for a large family-owned corporation. Greg Lilly is the author of the Derek Mason Mystery series Fingering the Family Jewels and Scalping the Red Rocks, plus the novels Devil's Bridge, and Under a Copper Moon. He is a short story writer, novelist, freelance writer, and former magazine editor. He writes and lives in the tidewater area of Virginia.

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Devil's Bridge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Keith_Pyeatt More than 1 year ago
If a gay man, a lesbian, and a battered woman can't make a good suspense story, who can? Okay, that was a clumsy modification of a clever battle cry in the novel Devil's Bridge, but it works for this review. The other reviews include nice summaries. Instead of adding another, I'll mention how much I enjoyed the way author Greg Lilly created his characters. The main ones, Topher and Myra, the gay man and battered woman, are well developed in their initial situations in Charlotte. Then they radically alter their situations by fleeing North Carolina to start new lives. I particularly enjoy the way the dynamics between Topher and Myra change as they make their way to Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, and finally Arizona. Devil's Bridge is definitely about the characters, but there's plenty of suspense dropped in at just the right moments to keep things moving. I enjoyed reading this novel and highly recommend it to readers who value friendships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Old friends Myra and Topher seem to be living the urban professional life in Charlotte, North Carolina. But, in reality, they both are having some personal problems. Myra is abused by her husband Gil. Topher is in a dead-end relationship with Alex. Neither Myra nor Topher want to admit things aren't going to get better. When they decide to leave town for a new start, Myra keeps thinking Gil is following them to bring her back. This adventure/relationship novel kept me turning the page. Myra is like so many of my female friends in that she is denial of her own life, but can see others (Topher's) clearly. They have similar problems and the conclusion to start over is a dream many people have. But is starting over always a clean slate? Can you leave your problems behind? Lilly explores these issues with the situations Topher and Myra encounter, and he does it with understanding and action. I had read Fingering the Family Jewels and loved it. The author doesn't let me down with this new novel. He his blog, he states that the Myra and Topher show up in the next Derek Mason Mystery. I'm looking forward to it.