Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Good Killing / Allison Leotta / 306 pages / Scary Story, October Challenge

"What makes someone evil?... I think it's evil happening to them...Evil is passed down like a monstrous heirloom.  We're all victims of the victims who came before us."  There can be no doubt that the hero of Holly Grove, Michigan, Coach Owen Fowler, was evil.  For years he had preyed on the young girls, many of whom attended his sports camps, raping them, in his 1967 corvette.  When his corvette crashed into the stadium at a high rate of speed and burst into a funeral pyre fireball, not all the town grieved.  DC DA Anna Curtis receives a call from her sister's best friend, Kathy, that Jody needs her.  Jody is charged with the murder of the coach.  The riveting page-turner is well-plotted, chapters interspersed throughout in which Jody explains what has happened to Anna.  We have a corrupt judge, gambling connections, a wounded Afghan vet turned urban renewal farmer, a town too blinded by hero worship to see the monster in their midst, and two very scrappy females.

"Happiness comes from inside you, not what happens to you."
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting some hard battle.'

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