“A once popular literary wonder, Kip Weiler has sacrificed his talent to artificial highs and sunk to a level where he is unable to write. He’s lost his fame, his wife and his initiative and is living in obscurity, teaching at a rural community college.
Then, when he least expects it, fate steps in. A memory from one of his novels spurs a heroic act that saves his class from a bloodbath at the hands of a gun-toting student. The incident sparks renewed interest in his past work.
It also initiates unanticipated attention from Renee Svoboda, a beautiful student he’s dubbed the St. Pauli Girl, and Jim Trimble, a gushing fan of Weiler’s work. They introduce him to a cult engaged in dangerous worship of the gun.
Kip’s talent is resurrected by his new obsessions and he begins to dream of a return to glory. Those dreams are short-lived as he finds himself and those he loves drawn into a bizarre and threatening web fueled by deceit and fantasy.
Though my preference is for Coleman’s Moe Prager series, this is a gripping, fast-paced novel that definitely held my attention. In the wake of the recent school shootings it raises some disturbing questions about the American obsession with guns.