Hawke's Discovery

Hawke's Discovery

by Mark Willen

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BN ID: 2940155805335
Publisher: Pen-L Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 954,138
File size: 1 MB

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Hawke's Discovery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
James Roby 6 months ago
As Hawke and Nathan discover secrets we feel the pressures of being a good lawyer and journalist as well as a decent human being. A suspenseful story with interesting characters, providing insights into our justice system as a blunt instrument. Read for enjoyment and personal edification. J. Roby
B_Morrison 8 months ago
Jonas Hawke, a retired lawyer in Beacon Junction, Vermont, finds himself in a moral and ethical dilemma when his son Nathan, editor of the local paper, begins investigating one of Jonas’s old cases. Nathan is intrigued by the possibility of a coverup involving the leading contender for governor in the upcoming election. A big scoop like that could lead to a job offer from a large city paper, something Nathan has been seeking for a while. However, Jonas’s client confidentiality severely limits how far he can go in answering Nathan’s questions, much to his son’s frustration. Nathan points out Jonas’s responsibility to his fellow citizens: what if Martha Bennett wins the gubernatorial election and then is indicted for obstruction of justice? I love stories like this where ordinary people with a strong sense of integrity have to navigate the tricky waters of an ethical dilemma. Nathan and Jonas are not the only ones in this story with competing personal and professional responsibilities. The mystery of what happened in that long-ago case and the various interpersonal conflicts provide tension, but the real suspense is about the characters. What course will they choose? What will the outcome be? What I like most about this book is its subtlety. All of the characters mean well. They want to do the right thing, if they could only be sure what that is. They seem like people I know. You don’t need a villain in a story like this. We are our own worst antagonists, drifting in the dark without a map. Mark Willen’s novel has heart. While exploring the murky regions where integrity is put to the test and competing responsibilities rend us, Hawke’s Discovery gives us characters who despite their flaws are essentially good. If you’re suffering from too many stories of sociopaths, serial killers and rapists, pick up this novel. It will refresh you with its enduring optimism. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the two earlier books about Jonas Hawke, finding them a pleasure to read, yet this one is my favorite. Willen is especially skillful at weaving ethical questions into his plot line, raising compelling questions for both his characters and his readers. The novel is engaging on multiple fronts. It is part mystery and a page turner throughout. The characters, especially Jonas and Max are very well done. Willen captures the experiences of aging through Jonas as well as the perspective of a precocious ten-year-old through Max, a double perspective that gives the novel a nice balance. Although Jonas is an established figure in Willen’s fiction, he continues to grow (and earn my respect) in this novel. Set in small-town Vermont, the imaginative story raises political and journalistic issues that are universal, yet timely. The novel lingers after the story ends