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Kentucky Bestiary by Joseph Hirsch
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Kentucky Bestiary

by Joseph Hirsch

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Hirsch is a talented writer, there is no question about that. His protagonist, Pete Silone, is well-developed, his writing is strong and his descriptive narrative and dialogue is well executed. Set in Gilchrist, Kentucky the scenes are vividly described and the topical research is good. Many aspects of Kentucky Bestiary are reminiscent of James Lee Burke.

My issue lies in the structure of this novel. A little more than half way through, Hirsch shifts from mystery/crime genre to fantasy horror. Although his foreshadowing tried to set the stage for this transformation, it was too sudden and disjointed. At the end of this bizarre horror chapter, Hirsch abruptly returns to the mystery/crime aspect of the story. Having enjoyed the beginning of the novel and, the situations surrounding meth distribution, I found the voyage into horror absurd. That is not to say that Hirsch’s writing wasn’t imaginative. It simply did not fit with the plot line.
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