Sterling Young’s Delayed Reckoning is a book quite different from the run-of-the-mill mystery/crime novel.
The synopsis for the book reads:
"Jack Estep’s charred, paralyzed body lay in the briars. His secret lab had been discovered. Death was imminent.
Sheriff Bill Wilson pondered the situation. Nicholas County, Ky., was suddenly a hotbed of crime. Was Tom Padgett a vigilante? Wilson was the law around here, if there was a vigilante, it would be him.
Tom Padgett’s life has been up-ended. Divorced after 25 years, he lost half his pension to his ex-wife and was forced into early retirement from the police force. Tom and his dog, Bella, now share a remote, run-down trailer. Adding to his woes, Sheriff Wilson seems to have it in for him.
Since the meth lab explosion near Padgett’s trailer, numerous crimes have occurred. Will Wilson finally implicate Padgett, or will Padgett slip Wilson’s net?"
When I first picked up the book, I had a difficult time deciphering through the chapters. They're simple and shorter than the average mystery novel chapters, but they tend to jump around a lot between multiple character points of view.
Right after the introduction of Jack Estep in the first chapter, the story jumps into Tom Padgett, a bitter police officer's story.
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Christy Howell is the author of the Eloquentia series