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I've enjoyed all Susan's previous Radhauser novels. As ever, River of Shame is excellently written. In places it is a moving and emotional journey, in others it is harrowing. Her characters are real and well drawn, they come alive as you read. The plot twists and turns with suspense and you are hooked from the start. I can thoroughly recommend this as a great read.
This is the fourth book in the Detective Winston Radhauser series. Another gripping mystery from Susan Clayton-Goldner. As always, there are multiple suspects and possible motives.
And as usual, it turns out to be somebody you would never in the least have expected.
Poor Gracie Radhauser! She’s recently undergone a radical mastectomy for breast cancer, just had a baby, and is due to begin chemotherapy today. And although her husband, Winston Radhauser, is supposed to be taking time off work to help her with the baby and with the chemotherapy, his boss calls wanting him to look into a case that has just come up involving a teenager branded with a homophobic slur. And, to top it all off, once he’s done that and accompanied her to the chemotherapy, they come home to find that the boy they have hired to help out with chores around the ranch during this difficult time, the son of Gracie’s best friend, has been murdered in their barn.
As for Detective Radhauser, he must once again grapple with the ghosts of his first wife and son as well as dealing with a black FBI agent who has been called in to help with the case. Add to this complications posed by the white supremacist group that has been spreading hate pamphlets around town, and the cases become very tangled indeed.
Gracie, by the way, holds up like a trooper, surviving the chemo, supporting her friend, and even helping out when the racist bunch burns down the Radhausers’ barn.
Another awesome book by Susan Clayton-Goldner. This one relates to all the awful racism, mental illness, drug abuse, cancer and suicide. Most of which people do not want to talk about. Hide from the issues, pretend they don’t exist. Always happens to someone else’s family. Susan hits on all these subjects that are taboo in the world today.
I throughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I am even reading it a second time to my husband, which we like to do with books we love. Susan was able to express the pain and love of the characters so easy. Thank you again Susan for your stories. I can’t wait for another one to come out.
I appreciated the use of current issues in the story and the cooperative and respectful relationship between local and FBI so different from the adversarial interactions more commonly presented. I'm wondering if the author has set the stage for a another book or two about the same detective and small town, or whether she will close this series and introduce another setting and cast.
Very detailed plot. I have read the other books from this series and they were very good books. I think this one is the best. The characters were very well developed and believable. I felt as if I knew them personally. This author has a way of drawing out the story, the dialogue, and the backstory of the characters. Susan Clayton-Goldner is a very talented writer. I will continue to read her books.
Don't start this book unless you are prepared to be dragged through an emotional wringer. The writing is brilliant and balances simple description against hideous evil. The story includes racism, teen murder, child porn,and drug addiction. The reader is as lost as the detective as nothing seems to add up. I truly enjoyed this book but found it emotionally draining.
This is the fourth in this series that I have read. In a way they are the kind of book that I hate. I tell myself “Just one more chapter”. Then I find that I have finished the book but it is 2 in the morning. I can hardly wait to read #5.
Susan has a way of making you think about each person and wondering who is doing what. With back stories to enhance the characters and their emotions you find yourself seeing each character and know their thoughts.