This is an extraordinary novel. Here's my review of it which ran the other day in the San Antonio (Texas) Express News:
“Knockemstiff” author Donald Ray Pollock is one of my favorite writers. The other day I noticed he had written a Facebook post which mentioned a new book that he really likes. This reviewer acted immediately, procuring a copy of “The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld.
Herbert Woodward Martin's latest collection of poetry features a number of poems that Professor Martin has written over the years upon the flyleaves of other books that he was reading at the time. Here's an example:
On the Flyleaf of Hush I
flood of fire
Herb Martin taught for many years at the University of Dayton. During this interview he provides listeners with glimpses into his life as a teacher and poet. He also reads a number of poems from his latest collection.
A terrorist has concocted a sinister plot to blow up "dirty bombs" in major American cities. If "The Engineer's" plans are not discovered and halted cities like New York and Boston could be rendered uninhabitable.
Retired FBI agent Mark Patrick is enjoying a comfortable life after serving a long career dealing with organized crime. When he is contacted by a criminal syndicate that wants to pass along information about some suspicious shipments he is not too pleased. But he knows wherein his duty lies.
In Archer Mayor's 24th crime novel featuring Joe Gunther and his crew from the Vermont Bureau of Investigation the area is still in recovery mode in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The VBI gets a call to investigate a situation in a cemetery; floodwaters had exposed some graves and one of them has revealed a coffin that was buried 17 years ago. The coffin had been filled with stones. Whoever was supposed to be inside apparently wasn't ever in there.
Shandi Pierce and her three-year-old son Natty were shopping at a Circle K store near Atlanta when a holdup took place. This event becomes the catalyst for an attraction that consumes Shandi. She falls in love with an odd guy named William after this stranger intercedes and protects young Natty from the robber.
'Someone Else's Love Story" is a twisted, complicated tale. The author really had a fun time spinning this yarn. By the way, Natty's parentage is one unsolved mystery. Could Natty be the result of an immaculate conception? Read the book. You'll be amazed.