Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Review All God’s Children by Arthur Lyons (No Exit Press, 1975)
All God’s Children is a fairly glib affair that felt like a fairly standard episode of the Rockford Files or Columbo -- more small screen than big; more everyday than exceptional -- but with a lead character who lacks warmth, depth and vitality. At the one level, this provides a degree of social realism -- Asch is a fairly ordinary guy working as a private investigator. At another, it took a mix of rich family searching for a runaway child, a cultish commune, and a thuggish motorcycle gang, and made them pretty mundane. Moreover the denouement felt weak. The result was an okay, run-of-the-mill story that lacked sparkle and edge.