"The Rock Hole: A Red River Mystery" is a new book written by Reavis Z. Wortham. I have been looking forward to reading this book for several reasons. First, I like mysteries. Second, it takes place in and features Texas and Texas characters. And finally, it is by a local Texas author. Let me say I was not disappointed by the book.
One of the things I found interesting about the book is the way the author uses an observer to tell the story. I know there are other instances where this technique is used, like Dr Watson telling about Sherlock Holmes, but I think the author did a great job using a ten year old boy to tell this story.
You see ... this story takes place around 1964 and there were some familiar things about the story. I was a boy back then too - just a little younger than Top - the boy who has a part in telling the story. He had asthma and used an inhaler to take medicine when he had an attack. There were other familiar things about the story as well - like the time era including mentions of the Vietnam War, the Beatles, the theater, and racial tensions - just to name a few. There were some things I was introduced to. I was raised in the city and this basically occurred in the country. But there were some familiar things about the other characters as well.
Top's grandfather reminded me a little of my mom's dad. There was a similarity between the two - probably because I had a similar view of my grandfather like Top did of his. My grandfather was not a part time law man like Top's was but his work ethics, family values, and tolerances of others were very similar.
I look forward to reading more by this author.