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Reading Go with Me on a sunny beach could hardly minimize the cold, isolating Maine-woods atmosphere Freeman has drawn so incisively. When a woman -- an outsider -- reports being stalked by Blackway, the local bully and an all-around nasty piece of work, the sheriff refuses to act. Instead, two of the men employed at the local mill step in to help, and together this motley crew of three journeys ever deeper into the perilous forest and the local lore that surrounds it.
The frugality of Freeman's prose is remarkable. The starkness of his language merely adds to the scenery, miraculously creating a world of brilliant depth and shadow. And his characters -- Whizzer, Les, D.B., Coop, and Nate the Great -- despite their educational deficits, lackadaisical work ethic, and intransigent lives, shine as true individuals readers won't likely forget. Even Blackway, known to readers only by reputation, is no less menacing for his absence.
Go with Me is a classic David-and-Goliath tale, layered delicately with a fragile love story and peppered with unasked questions about the morality of murder. Freeman's artistic restraint is ingenious -- equal parts darkness and light, full of dialogue both comic and heartfelt. Readers won't put this book down until they've turned the final page. (Spring 2008 Selection)