Thursday, May 12, 2011
PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Interesting Books to Your Attention
Dove Season by Johnny Shaw has a great setting, right out of a Gold Medal novel, the Calexico/Mexicali border country. A dying man named Jack Veeder has one simple request of his son: find a Mexican prostitute named Yolanda. Jimmy and a guy named Bobby Maves discover that finding Yolanda isn't the hard part as they deal with just about all the violence that the Mexicali underworld can throw at them. Before it's all over, Jimmy's found out a lot of things he didn't know about his father, and about himself. This is a fast-moving story with great local color, told in smooth prose. Check it out.