My new authors in chronological order are:
1.) Billy Strobe by John Martel;
2.) The Devil’s Making by Seán Haldane;
3.) Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson;
4.) The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout;
5.) The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach;
6.) The Collini Case by Ferdinand Von Schirach; and,
7.) Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.
Of the group there were 3 books featuring lawyers – Billy Strobe, Once We Were Brothers and The Collini Case - mainly because I was reading the shortlist for the 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
The Devil’s Making was the winner of the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Canadian Mystery Novel.
What made the quarter special were the last three books I read. Each was a great book and excellent in a different way which makes my choice for the best of the quarter difficult.
The Art of Fielding explored the human psyche and relationships through the experiences of a young baseball shortstop, Henry Skrimshander, at a small American university in Wisconsin.
The Collini Case dealt with the issues behind a brutal murder in contemporary Germany that took the reader back to WW II and the consequences of the war.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter was an evocative look at rural Mississippi. It delved deep into the relationship between police officer, Silas “32” Jones, and garage owner, Larry Ott. It set out how lives can be defined by community assumptions and prejudices.
After reflection I choose The Art of Fielding. I expect I am influenced by my love of the baseball. I do expect the book to be known as a modern baseball classic. It is a powerful, almost mythic, book using baseball to frame the plot.