Salvation Boulevardby Larry Beinhart
Ahmad Nazami is an Iranian-born Muslim, accused of murdering his professor. Left behind at the crime scene are a few pages of a manuscript that claimed to disprove the existence of God. The rest of it-gone missing. Carl Vanderveer is a PI hired by one of the best criminal lawyers in town to investigate Nazami's case. Once he'd been a cop, with a life spiraling out
Ahmad Nazami is an Iranian-born Muslim, accused of murdering his professor. Left behind at the crime scene are a few pages of a manuscript that claimed to disprove the existence of God. The rest of it-gone missing. Carl Vanderveer is a PI hired by one of the best criminal lawyers in town to investigate Nazami's case. Once he'd been a cop, with a life spiraling out of control. Then Pastor Paul Plowright brought him to Jesus. Now all Carl wants is to live clean and straight, with his daughter and his wife (his third, the good one, that came after Jesus), and do his job. But as he gets deeper into the investigation of the murdered professor, his most basic beliefs and relationships are tried and his world is turned upside down.
Best known for American Hero(1994), the jaunty political novel that became the film Wag the Dog, Beinhart offers something less jaunty but definitely more ambitious in this splendid religious legal thriller. When Ahmad Nazami, a Muslim scholarship student at the University of the Southwest, confesses under duress to the murder of Nathaniel MacLeod, an atheist philosophy professor, PI Carl Van Wagener, a born-again Christian, agrees to help Manny Goldfarb, a celebrated Jewish defense lawyer, prove Nazami's innocence. Van Wagener, a member of charismatic pastor Paul Plowright's Cathedral of the Third Millennium, is soon on the trail of a missing manuscript MacLeod wrote disproving God's existence. In a beautifully understated author's note, Beinhart lays out the factual basis for his provocative morality tale and invites readers to visit his Web site, which includes "a forum for an ongoing dialogue about religion, irreligion, faith, belief, and their intersections with politics, war, money, life, and death." (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Audiobook veteran Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and an Audie Award nominee, he earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for his reading of Savages by Don Winslow.
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Salvation Boulevard is a novel with heart and brain, cleverly constructed to keep our attention, and intelligently plotted so as not to insult our intelligence. It's an interesting approach to the different ways that faith, or the lack of it, moves in our lives.
As for the ending, well, not to give anything away, but I have faith that it is an ending that will please all those who hope for salvation, and disappoint those who didn't get to the ending. If nothing else, it leaves us with hope.
I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel, which started out with a bang, and kept my interest until about three quarters of the way through, when it all sort of withered. There were too many over-the-top characters, and a bit too much moralizing about the dangers of blind faith. Additionally, by the time I got through the novel, I didn't really like the main character all that much anymore. His wife appeared to have traded in any common sense she might have had, but then again, he didn't seem to be someone who had much control over his own demons. I was disappointed with the ending as well, as it appeared the author was more into making a point about faith than about bringing the action of the story to a satisfying ending. Did I miss something? If so, I'm hoping subsequent reviewers can fill me in.