Favorite Sons

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Narrator of Favorite Sons Hutch Van Buren is fifteen years old, playing sports and searching for arrowheads in a small industrial town in Ohio with his three closest friends when an altercation between the comrades and Petey Sanchez, a troubled seventeen- year-old, leads to Petey’s accidental death. Together, Hutch and his friends become ensnared in a web of secrets and moral dilemmas. A local ne’er-do-well goes to jail for the crime while the boys keep their pact of silence. Each boy shoulders the burden of ...

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Overview

Narrator of Favorite Sons Hutch Van Buren is fifteen years old, playing sports and searching for arrowheads in a small industrial town in Ohio with his three closest friends when an altercation between the comrades and Petey Sanchez, a troubled seventeen- year-old, leads to Petey’s accidental death. Together, Hutch and his friends become ensnared in a web of secrets and moral dilemmas. A local ne’er-do-well goes to jail for the crime while the boys keep their pact of silence. Each boy shoulders the burden of truth in his own way as each attempts to leave the past behind.

Thirty-three years later, in 2004, Van Buren is the prosecuting attorney in Summit County, Ohio, and a candidate for state attorney general when he learns that he and his boyhood friends weren’t the only ones keeping a secret about Petey’s death. A convicted sex offender in need of a favor attempts to blackmail Van Buren in return for his silence. Van Buren must decide between his political career and the duty of the office he has sworn to uphold. With the clock ticking, Van Buren has a week to seek out his boyhood friends and search his soul while he sorts out three decades of deceit he helped create.

Favorite Sons is a wonderful, suspenseful novel with nuanced, memorable characters and unpredictable plot twists.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The shadow of a youthful mistake hovers over an ambitious prosecutor in this middling first novel from former crime reporter Yocum (Dead Before Deadline). In 1971, in the small Ohio town of Crystalton, 15-year-old Hutchinson Van Buren and a group of friends encounter violent, developmentally disabled 17-year-old Petey Sanchez. When Sanchez attacks one of them, Adrian Nash, with a tree branch, Nash lashes out with a maul, killing his assailant. The boys panic and flee the scene, scared of the repercussions if they tell the authorities the truth. The ethical implications of their silence become even trickier when a convicted child molester is charged with the murder. Most of the book is set in 2004, when Van Buren, the chief prosecutor for Summit County, is running for state attorney general and is confronted with a blackmailer who knows the truth about Sanchez's death. Van Buren isn't a distinctive enough lead to make readers care much whether he prevails or not. (June)
Bookpleasures.com
“It’s rare to find a book that doesn’t fail on some level, but this is one I read without a hint of disappointment.”
Columbus Dispatch
“Favorite Sons keeps the reader turning pages with its twisted plot and characters facing high stakes.”
Dayton Daily News
“This is a seething mass of moral turpitude, opportunistic extortion and endemic corruption.

What a tasty debut novel it is.”

Mystery Crime Blog
“Favorite Sons is a riveting novel in which friendships are pitted against truth with dead-on dialog and unforgettable characters. Yocum’s debut fiction novel is a fresh,
fast-paced story that explores a sharply etched world of intrigue, friendship,
politics, and, ultimately, the weight of truth.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611450040
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 815,561
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Yocum is the president of Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing firm in
Westerville, Ohio. Well known for his work as a crime and investigative reporter with the Columbus Dispatch from 1980 to 1991, he was the recipient of thirty local, state, and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing. His first novel, Favorite Sons, was named USA Book News’
Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense. It was selected for the Choose to Read
Ohio program for 2013–14, and was a featured book of the 2012 Ohioana Book
Festival.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    HOME BOY HIT

    I GREW UP ON LA BELLE AVE ! THREE HOUSES AWAY FROM THE YOCUM HOME ! THE VALLEY IS JUST LIKE THE BOOK. I ENJOYED TRAVEL ALONG WITH THE STORY THROUGH THE TRAILS ROADS AND HIGHWAYS OF JEFFERSON CO.I WAS BORN IN STEUBENVILLE AND LIKE DECAN I WILL END AT MY GRAVE AT NEW ALEX,I WONDER IF IT WAITS WITH HUNGERFOR THIS OLD WORN OUT BODY! IT IS GREAT THAT FOUR WRITERS HAVE APEARED FROM THE SMOG COVERED TOWN I CAME FROM! TWO YOCUM AND TWO NAGY FAMILY MEMBERS ALL PUBLISHED AND HONORED ! WELL DONE NATIVE SON !THANK YOU ! A BELLE OFLA BELLE.ILOVE NAPLES TOO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Enjoyed "Favorite Son" very much!We live in the town the Author grew up in and he had alot of the area in his book,not just that it kept you on your toes very exciting loved it !!!I would recommend this book if you like a mystery!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Great writing style

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