Another Kind of Eden

S. & S. (Holland Family). Aug. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781982151713. $27. SUSPENSE
Aaron Holland Broussard is a Korean War veteran, writer, and vagabond with memory lapses and dissociative personality disorder. In the early 1960s, he jumps off a train in Colorado and lands a job at a farm (following his appearance in Burke’s 1952-set The Jealous Kind). Aaron’s troubles begin when he and his fellow farmhands are attacked near Ludlow, CO. Joanne McDuffy witnesses the attack and warns Aaron that the perpetrators, Rueben Vickers and his son Darrel, are pure evil. Perceptive, quick-witted Aaron finds an equal match in Joanne. He’d like to settle into a relationship with her, but he’s continually thwarted—by the Vickerses’ violence; a detective bent on revenge; a bus full of beatniks; unsolved murders; and the demons, metaphorical and otherwise, that plague Aaron.
VERDICT Dark backstories linger behind each complex character in this action-packed novel. Readers who first meet Aaron here will want to read previous novels in Burke’s “Holland Family” saga.
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