MYSTERY

Rag and Bone

Oceanview. (Jay Porter, Bk. 5). Jun. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781608093267. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781608093274. M
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Ten months ago, Jay Porter disappeared because he was wanted for murder in his hometown of Ashton, NH. Now that two men were arrested, he’s back, but he’s lost everything. His ex-wife is remarried with a baby. The antiques he’d stored in a warehouse have been sold for rent. No one will hire him except for a friend who gives him a few handyman jobs. However, Jay is still on a seven-year mission to bring down two brothers, Adam and Michael Lombardi. He blames his addict brother’s death on them. Jay is convinced the brothers have poisoned soil and are behind the fire that destroyed a farm. He’s so obsessed with the Lombardis that he alienates everyone in his life with his search for revenge. When he can’t find proof of the brothers’ crimes, Jay crosses the line to set them up. The gritty, painful story features a cast of authentic characters struggling to survive in a depressing world.
VERDICT Jay is an obsessed, flawed character in the latest grim book by the Anthony Award–nominated author of Give Up the Dead. The bleak outlook, for the story and for Jay, will appeal to fans of noir fiction.

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