Life on the Fly

Life on the Fly

by John Schreiber


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Broadcast on the evening news: 'Hillcrest English teacher and former football star was shot in the back while fly-fishing. David Browning leaves behind a wife and two young children. Authorities have ruled it a hunting accident."

Matthew Blake has only one purpose left in life: to find who murdered his best friend. At the time of his death, David Browning had a loving family and successful career. What does Matthew Blake have? Nothing. Matt Blake is an ex-athlete, ex-husband, and ex-angler-a guilt-driven alcoholic and professional failure.

To uncover the murderer, Blake must journey back to his hometown, Hillcrest, where he will be forced to face his past, make new enemies, and learn the meaning of love -if he can live long enough.

Life on the Fly is another suspenseful, poignant, and compelling novel set in Schreiber's richly imagined Ironwood County.

The first novel in the Ironwood County series is the young adult novel, Hillcrest Journal. The second is the adult novel Passing Through Paradise.

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What others are saying about the Ironwood County novels:

'Skillfully told . . . very realistic." - West Concord Enterprise

'Tough to put down. The themes are masterfully interwoven." - Byron Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599268101
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Customer Reviews

Life on the Fly 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BenEricson More than 1 year ago
Life on the Fly is a well writen book. It is a book that anyone could read. You can relate to the towns and the characters. The plot keeps twisting and turning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Life on the Fly' is a well written story that almost anyone will enjoy. It features everything from romance,to action, mystery, and the great outdoors. It's a real page turner and is hard to put down. The characters are well defined for how many there are!I easily related to it, being from a small town, hearing all the town gossip and everyone knowing everyone elses business. Once you think you've got it down, everything changes! Your favorite character in the beginning, may become your worst nightmare at the end! READ IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life on the Fly is very well written. The characters are very well defined and it is such a realistic small town setting. And the plot just keeps on twisting and turning! Schreiber does a fine job of keeping the reader entertained throughout.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was great. I liked how the writer could tie everything together at the end. The book has many cool characteristics. The quotes from Dave were good and some you could really relate to. It is a cool book about a small community. A man thinks his friend was murder and no one belives him. It is amazing and true how news and gossip spread in a small community. It is a great book and I would recommed it to any one that loves to read books that keep you in suspence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of novels in a year and this is one of the best in many years. The style is fast-moving like the best thrillers, yet the characters are richly developed and the plot works on many levels. I also enjoyed the author interview at the end--it gave me greater insight. I plan to get Schreiber's other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Schreiber's 3rd book in his Ironwood County books, and I thought it combined the best of the first 2 books. It had the mystery of 'Passing Through Paradise' and it had the thoughtful stuggles of the narrator in 'Hillcrest Journal.' 'Life on the Fly' also really kept me reading! The plot twists were interesting, the dynamic characters were easy to identify with, and the themes of forgiveness & discovery were very powerful. Schreiber's crisp writing style and thought-provoking ideas make him a truly gifted author! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an exciting and insightful read.
Englishteacher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third novel in the Ironwood County series . . . another masterpiece. Schreiber again changes his style to match the theme and character--this time an obsessive/compusive narrator who has a good heart but has more issues than National Geographic. A wonderful novel.
ironwoodbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Matt Blake returns to his hometown of Hillcrest because he believe his best friend was murdered while fly-fishing. Blake, a failure at everything he has tried--including marriage--is forced to face his past and learn the meaning of love--if he can live long enough. This novel brings together characters from previous Ironwood County novels, yet it isn't necessary to have read the others before reading this one. Each of the Ironwood County novels has a unique style of its own, matching the narrator.Hey, you didn't think I'd give this less than a five, did you? Let me know what you think.
SSands on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great thriller that maintains Schreiber's stylistic flairs that add to the theme of the novel. The novel jumps right into the action, then in a series of flashbacks, develops one of the characters who is dead. At the same time, the plot races along as the narrator (Matt Blake) tries to solve his friend's murder(?). What sets this apart from other thrillers? Simple: the fully realized characters and relationships. You come away from this novel believing that you've actually known (and care) about these characters. You also come away knowing more about yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently reread this book, and it reminded me again what a great author Schreiber is. His story was suspenseful, intriguing, and it was populated with people who seemed taken directly from any small town you know. He deftly wove flashbacks in with the present action, and his characterization of Browning and Blake was interesting and moving. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
NorthReader More than 1 year ago
I think the "great characters, exciting plot, excellent writing" sums it up. The characters are well-developed: a failure in life returns to his hometown to find who killed his best friend. Through flashbacks, the author creates this deceased character too--as well as a variety of small-town personalities. Schreiber brings back some of the supporting cast from his previous novels, including the "notorious" Shawn Dixon from "Passing through Paradise." Once the characters are established, we're treated to a variety of exciting plot twists. Addiction to all sorts of things is a motif running through the book and reaches a head with a meth subplot (I don't want to give too much away). As usual, Schreiber conveys powerful descriptions simply and directly. Schreiber creates another masterpiece that is running under the radar of most readers. Too bad--they're missing out on some quality writing. After you finish one of Schreiber's books, wait a month or two and then re-read it--not just for the joy of reading "true sentences" (to quote Hemingway), but because there are multiple layers of meaning to his books. Even the phrase "Life on the Fly" is used so many different ways by various characters. . . I think each time I read it I see another spin on the phrase too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you guessing till the very end! Schreiber has a way of keeping you on your toes until the very end. Life on the Fly is very well thought out and written excellent. It brings up issues that every small town could have. It has romance, mystery, drug use, murders, and school issues. I recommend this book to everyone. I promise, once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down.