Monday, October 22, 2012
Review of Dust Devils by James Reasoner (Pointblank, 2007)
The strong point of Dust Devils is the plotting, its strong noir undertones, and the characters of Toby and Dana. The setup is very nicely done and the story continues at a nice, jaunty pace as the two principal characters seek to resolve their respective issues: Dana’s life of crime and Toby’s abandonment as a child and his mother fixation. As they travel across Texas, the tale becomes ever darker, with the sense of foreboding growing, leading to a well played resolution. Despite these pluses, the writing at times is quite flat, and despite a style that is mainly dialogue and action, it slips into tell rather than show at times. The result is a nicely plotted story, told in a voice that is sometimes weak. Nevertheless, Dust Devils is an enjoyable slice of country noir.