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Final Things

di Richard B. Wright

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With the publication of Clara Callan and its sweep of the awards and bestseller lists, Richard B. Wright has become a household name. But as many fiction lovers are just now discovering, Wright has been dazzling critics, writers, and his loyal audience for years, with stories that grab hold and don't let go. Final Things is one such book, a story as shockingly timely now as it was when it was first published in 1980. Jonathan Farris, 12, leaves his father's apartment one Saturday afternoon and never returns. The next day police discover that Jonathan was brutally raped and murdered, his trip to the convenience store cut short by an unknown killer. Charlie, Jonathan's father, already on a down-ward slide from a nasty divorce, a stalled writing career, and a creeping alcohol addiction, struggles to cope with the most devastating loss a parent can ever endure. When an anonymous phone call offers him information about his son's killer, Charlie is galvanized into action, channeling his grief, his guilt, and his rage into one of the most powerful confrontations since James Dickey's Deliverance.… (altro)
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Charlie is an alcoholic, divorced father who sees his only child, Johnathan, on Saturday afternoons. One day, 12-year-old Johnathan doesn't return from a run to the local store....something that usually takes about half an hour. It isn't long before the police discover that Johnathan was brutally murdered. We watch as Charlie tries to deal with this most devastating news.

A twist comes when an anonymous caller offers Charlie information about the killers. And Charlie doesn't go to the police, but is instead drawn into a series of events that are brutal and tragic.

I loved the portrayal of Charlie. He was a flawed but likable characters. The character of Donald Stewart, the informant, was also excellently done. The story itself was too much like an action movie for my taste. ( )
  LynnB | Dec 31, 2019 |
This is an excitingand brilliant read from one of my favourite authors. A 12 year old son fails to return from a corner store and his father is drawn into a maelstrom of anguish and doubt.
I have a lovely 1st edition 1980 from Macmillan of Canada. ( )
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With the publication of Clara Callan and its sweep of the awards and bestseller lists, Richard B. Wright has become a household name. But as many fiction lovers are just now discovering, Wright has been dazzling critics, writers, and his loyal audience for years, with stories that grab hold and don't let go. Final Things is one such book, a story as shockingly timely now as it was when it was first published in 1980. Jonathan Farris, 12, leaves his father's apartment one Saturday afternoon and never returns. The next day police discover that Jonathan was brutally raped and murdered, his trip to the convenience store cut short by an unknown killer. Charlie, Jonathan's father, already on a down-ward slide from a nasty divorce, a stalled writing career, and a creeping alcohol addiction, struggles to cope with the most devastating loss a parent can ever endure. When an anonymous phone call offers him information about his son's killer, Charlie is galvanized into action, channeling his grief, his guilt, and his rage into one of the most powerful confrontations since James Dickey's Deliverance.

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