About the Book
Title: The Widow’s Son
Author: Thomas Shawver
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Thomas Shawver, author of The Dirty Book Murder and Left Turn at Paradise, returns to the surprisingly lethal world of rare books with a third enthralling novel featuring a most unlikely hero — antiquarian bookseller Michael Bevan.
A furious man from nearby Independence, Kansas demands that Michael Bevan return a rare first edition of the Book of Mormon, claiming that it was mistakenly sold by a disgruntled descendant of A.J. Stout. Contained on the frontispiece are a list of Ford names dating from 1845 to the present. Beside each name, save the last two, is a check mark – but what could the checks signify? With this discovery, Michael Bevan stumbles onto a trail of hatred and murder stretching back to 1844.
This book was a surprise to me. I was interested in the story that involved rare books; what could be better? I could tell from the first paragraph that this writer wrote well. Characters were made to be read as normal people in everyday life. At first, this, in my opinion, made the story a bit slow. I even thought this would be a character driven book with no thrills or climax at all; was I wrong!
The author knows what he’s doing; he weaves a tale beautifully, with wonderful, rich scenes. This is done so well I didn’t even notice until the final scene and thought to myself, clever, clever man. Well done sir. The climax had me breathless wondering its’ outcome, bravo. I cannot stress enough to have patience with this book. I know a lot of you readers judge a book by the first chapter; in this case, you would be making a grave error. I would recommend this book to my friends and would relish being asked to review again for Thomas Shawver.
Thomas Shawver is a former marine officer, lawyer, and journalist with American City Business Journals. An avid rugby player and international traveler, Shawver owned Bloomsday Books, an antiquarian bookstore in Kansas City.
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