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Posted March 30, 2000
The coastal suburb of Revere is only a 20 minute subway ride north from Boston but it is a world of its own,with old residents molded by its ways and newcomers striving for a better life in America and both groups struggling to understand one another as they get on with their lives. This working class community provides the setting for author Roland Merullo's exploration of the human heart and the forces that bind family members to one another and long time residents to a particular place. The elements of good literature and surprisingly, a 'noirish' crime drama are combined in a way that reminds me of the skilled, stylized, 1940's Hollywood treatments of unlucky people fated to play out the steps, predetermined by fate, that would inevitably lead to their doom or deliverance in a shadowy black and white world,indifferent to their trouble. In this novel, Peter Imbesalacqua, the son of the family whose lives provide the framework of the story, is the main protagonist. At the age of 40 he has reached a crossroads of life where past mistakes and bad luck combine to provide a four day trial by ordeal which he must either confront or lose all that he holds dear. The story is chronicled by an elderly priest, a friend of Peter's father, who resides in the community and is familiar with all of the players. The story is not resolved until the very end, one of the best treatments of suspense, outside the genre, that I've come across. I recommend the book as a 'good read.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2000
I found this novel to be one of the better works that attempt to search the human heart and determine the often unknowable motivations for personal behavior. The bonds of family and community are rendered visible and shown to be among nature's strongest forces. The book combines the elements of literature, crime/drama and suspense for a wothwhile read. I look forward to the forthcoming completion of the planned 'Revere Trilogy.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2000