Jack Veeder is dying. Soon. And that impending event brings his son Jimmy back to the Imperial Valley of southern California just north of the Calexico/Mexicali border. Jimmy hopes he can spend what time his father has left laughing and reminiscing. But Jack’s got one dying request. He needs Jimmy to find a Mexican prostitute named Yolanda.
Enlisting the help of his boyhood friend Bobby Maves, the pair stumbles through the violent, the exploited, and the corrupted of Mexicali. It doesn’t take long before they’re in over their heads. And as Jimmy tries to survive the dangers of the Mexicali underworld, he unwittingly uncovers truths about his father he never imagined, forcing Jimmy to come to terms with the man he thought he knew, and to decide just what sort of man he wants to become.
“[Johnny Shaw] is excellent at creating a sense of place with a few deft strokes... he moves effortlessly between dark comedy and moments that pack a real emotional punch, and he’s got a knack for off-kilter characters who are completely at home in their own personal corners of oddballdom.”
– Tana French, author of In the Woods, Faithful Place
About the Author
Johnny Shaw was born and raised in the Imperial Valley on the Calexico/Mexicali border. He received his Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting from UCLA. In addition to his work as a screenwriter and playwright, he owns a used bookstore and teaches writing. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Dove Season is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jimmy Veeder hasn't been home in twelve years. His father, Jack, kept his cancer to himself but now that he knew that he didn't have much time, he called Jimmy.Jimmy's home is in Holtville in southern California across from Mexicalli, Mexico. It's a place in the desert where "...even the plants have a chip on their shoulder."The town hasn't changed much in the years that Jimmy was gone and neither has his best friend, Bobby Maves. When Jimmy asks Bobby how he's been, Bobby's response, "I live in Holtville. How good could I be."Jimmy's father has only one request, to find a prostitute named Yolanda who lives in Mexico.In this noir novel, the desert is also a character. Jimmy, Bobby and their boyhood friend Tomas look for Yolanda. Tomas is an underworld figure in Mexico who claims to be an arranger. He helps find people, in particular girls for pornographic films and whatever can earn him money.Yolanda is found and returns with Jimmy for a last visit with Jack. Later, when Jack dies peacefully, Yolanda is able to return for the service. However, something happens and changes the direction of the story. We learn more of Jack's early years and see Jimmy face dangers of the Mexican underworld.The characters are well presented and the plot interesting.