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Athens, America by Larry Baker
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Athens, America

by Larry Baker

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Athens, Iowa, is the best of small college towns. But at the beginning of a long dry summer, Athens sheds its communal innocence as two teenagers are killed in a police chase gone bad. This is the story of two men dealing with public tragedy and private grief.

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Draws on Baker's experience on Iowa City's city council at the time of the Shaw shooting by city police. It was mildly amusing to guess at people mentioned & to recognize settings, but he was so preoccupied with venting his frustrations about his experience that the book ends up being almost embarrassingly bad, self-indulgent fiction from someone capable of writing the wonderfully imagined Flamingo Rising. ( )
  mbergman | Dec 4, 2007 |
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