FICTION

Crazy Blood

St. Martin's. Mar. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250064097. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250064080. F
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In 1990, Cynthia Carson murders her husband, Richard, after he sleeps with his teenage student, Kathleen Welborn. Twenty-five years later, Wylie Welborn, Richard's illegitimate son, returns to Mammoth Lakes, CA, after his deployment to Afghanistan and five years spent skiing throughout Europe. Shortly after Wylie's arrival, his half brother, Robert Carson, who always maintained the peace between the wealthy Carson family and the working-class Welborn clan, crashes during a ski-cross race and is left comatose. Robert's psychologically troubled brother, Sky, challenges Wylie to run next year's race. Meanwhile, Wylie's adolescent half sisters devise a plan to solve their family's financial troubles that arise when a Starbucks-like conglomerate threatens to shut down their family's local coffee house.
VERDICT In a change of pace from his crime novels, three-time Edgar Award winner Parker (Full Measure; California Girl; Laguna Heat), delivers an intricate and atmospheric family drama reminiscent of the works of T.C. Boyle and John Steinbeck. [See Prepub Alert, 9/21/15; library marketing.]

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