County Line by:Bill Cameron
Reviewed by: Steve CapellThe plot starts out with Skin Kadash discovering the body of an elderly homeless man in the bathtub of Ruby Jane Whittaker, a woman who he loves and admires. The plot thickens because not only is there an elderly homeless man that appears to have died from nothing more than age and poor health who now lies motionless in the bathtub of Ruby Jane’s home — Ruby Jane is no where to be found. Kadash knows there is something truly amiss and he intends to find where Ruby Jane has gone and why. Kadash awkwardly get hooks up with Pete McKrall, a past lover of Ruby Jane, and the two of them plan to work together on finding Ruby Jane. This leads them to Preble County, Ohio, the location where Ruby Jane grew up. The second part of the book is of a much earlier time in Preble County, Ohio when Ruby Jane Whittaker was growing up with her fanatical family. Ruby Jane is resourceful, intelligent, and has a very short fuse when it comes to dealing with people that cross her. She is a girl that loves basketball and running. Ruby Jane’s family is more than enough problems for her to handle; however, she also has to deal with sassy in your face students at school that seemed to always get her in trouble with her basketball coach. These school problems were only the tip of iceberg with what she had to be concerned with – she had much deeper concerns to clean up in her life when came to dealing with her dysfunctional family. The third part of story brings the reader back to present where Skin Kadash and Pete McKrall are pursuing every clue in Ohio. This search leads them to some clues and many more loose ends as the secrets of Ruby Jane’s past unfold. My thoughts: While the first part of the story is Kadash’s first person narrative, part two is a third person narrative from the point of view of Rub Jane. The ending part goes back to Kadash’s narrative and takes the reader to a gratifying conclusion. I quite enjoyed County Line. Bill Cameron drew me into this novel that became a page turner early on. Characters were well defined and they played off each other allowing the characters to be realistic. The plot is complex and not at all predictable. Who should read this novel: This novel would be perfect for anyone that loves to read murder thriller novels. I would also recommend this novel to people that like cozy mystery novels as they might like this one even though this novel can not be classified as a cozy mystery novel. I hope Bill Cameron is writing another thriller novel as I am now hooked on this writing style.
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