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Blue Hole by G. D. Gearino

Blue Hole

by G. D. Gearino

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Exciting, and interesting. Not normally something I would pick up but definitely one of my new favorites.
  SaraEllen | Dec 15, 2011 |
Frances Selkirk has a secret. This, however, is not revealed to either the reader nor to her son Charley until a series of misadventures left three people dead. Based in Barrington, a small town near Atlanta, Georgia, the story begins with Charley being kicked out of high school due to a “racial incident” on his football team. Having no job and much free time, Charley takes up an offer to assist Tallasee, a local photographer, to help arrange and sort her belongings. Among Tallasee's photos, was one picture of Lucas, a man living at a local commune, who appears to not want to be discovered. Trying to learn more about Lucas eventually leads Charley and Tallasee into a search for a missing boy who had spent some time living on that same commune.

Blue Hole is a story which takes many twists and turns. It becomes a bit fractured as a few chapters, in which an unidentified person is making a confession, are inserted randomly into the narrative. Due to the way this story was structured and the many people involved in its evolution, I became frustrated being that I prefer more linear story-telling. I’m not much of a fan of murder mysteries. For this reason, I was a bit disappointed to not find this story as riveting as two other books (i.e. What the Deaf-Mute Heard, Counting Coup) written by the same author. Blue Hole seemed to be a more contrived story. I'd say that Gearino is worth reading, but just choose not to make Blue Hole your first book by this author. ( )
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Frances Selkirk finally shed her secret that summer, but three people died before she did.
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Some people say small towns have no secrets -- but Charley Selkirk's mother, Frances, managed to keep one for years. It was a weighty secret, and almost crippled them both. When she finally shed it that summer, three people would die. The summer is hot in Barrington, Georgia, and Charley, who is seventeen years old, is having a run of bad luck. His girlfriend has rejected him, his fellow white people think he is a fool, black people don't trust him, and a whole staff of football coaches is ready to kill him. His food doesn't taste good, his truck won't run right, and he hasn't caught a fish in ages. Oh, and he is still a virgin, too. But in G.D. Gearino's "Blue Hole," Charley's luck changes finally. It happens the day he meets Tallasee Tynan, an award-winning photographer as alienated from the town as he, and feeling just about the same level of dejection. Charley signs on as a gofer in Tallasee's studio and soon finds himself sorting out much more than photographs. When an old mountain woman asks Tallasee to find her grandson -- a strange boy who was last seen at a local hippie commune -- Charley begins a series of adventures that leads him to uncover a sinister secret related to his mom's mysterious past, and his discovery sets a series of events in motion that eventually turns him from an awkward, insecure boy into a man. At once a vivid picture of Southern small-town life, with its complicated relationships, loyalties, and deceptions, a murder mystery with page-turning suspense, and a heartwarming coming-of-age story, "Blue Hole" is G.D. Gearino's finest effort yet.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:06 -0400)

When he beats a white student in defense of a black one, Charley Selkirk, 17, of Georgia is expelled from high school. He is hired by a divorced woman who is a photographer and together they investigate a kidnaping and murder. A study in character by the author of What the Deaf Mute Heard.… (more)

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