I happened upon David Lennon’s The Quarter Boys a couple years ago, a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining story set in New Orleans and populated with colorful, multidimensional characters. The moment I began reading his new book, DeadFall, I found myself transported instantly into the story. The main character, Danny Tyler, has woken up after being comatose for thirteen years. He got that way through a mysterious series of events involving a fall, a serial killer, a (possibly) innocent man imprisoned for the crimes and for Danny’s attempted murder, a gay father, a cold mother, and a small group of other lost boys who aren’t so young anymore. The book explores the fading nature of memories. What is real, and what imagined? Who is the killer, and what secrets are keeping the truth from being known?
As someone who used to look up my high school boyfriend’s name in the phone book (before the internet) every time I went to Indiana to see my parents, I was quickly drawn into the emotions of the story, the boys who had sex and might have had more had things not taken a terrible turn. The story is richly layered and expertly told, with an underlying melancholy that seeps from the pores of the central mystery. A must read for lovers of the well-written mystery.
Thirteen years after a serial killer stalked the streets and forests of a small Massachusetts town, the last near-victim returns hoping to rebuild his life after recovering from a coma. As Danny Tyler pieces together fragments of lost memory, however, he begins to realize that not only was his childhood very different than he thought at the time, but the wrong man might be in jail for the murders.
Part mystery and part meditation on the nature of perception and memory, DEADFALL explores the dynamics of family and relationships in the aftermath of tragedy.
Find more of David Lennon’s books at his Amazon author’s page.