Favorite Sonsby Robin Yocum
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/i>
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.
What a tasty debut novel it is.”
fast-paced story that explores a sharply etched world of intrigue, friendship,
politics, and, ultimately, the weight of truth.”
- Arcade Publishing
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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
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Our book club just discussed "Favorite Sons" and all thought it was a great read. Mr. Yocum has a great talent for creating personalities that you don't forget. It touches on many topics: serets, ethics, death penalty, politics, politicians, choices we make in our youth and how they affect our lives as adults. How would we as parents deal with a mentally challenged child. Also read "The Essay" and would highly recommend both books. Hope Mr. Yocum keeps on writing great novels.
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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!!!