I’d seen Broken Promise in Wal-Mart and considered picking it up. But at the time, I wasn’t familiar with Mr. Barclay’s work, and I had a ton of stuff to read, and…you get the picture.
Then last week Richard Chizmar, publisher of Cemetery Dance, tweeted that he couldn’t put the book down. So I went and picked up a copy over lunch. Then I was a bit under the weather over the weekend. So I read it.
I get what Chizmar meant about not putting it down. Broken Promise has a lot going for it. I’ll be reading more of Mr. Barclay’s work.
After his wife died, David Harwood had left the town of Promise Falls and taken his son with him to Boston. But he spent all his evenings at work rather than with his son, so now he’s back. His first day on the job, the newspaper where he works closes.
So he’s got some time on his hands and agrees to take some of his mother’s soup over to his cousin Marla. He finds a bloodstain on the door and Marla with a baby boy. She says an angel brought the child. Marla had lost her own baby about 10 months prior, had tried to steal a baby from the hospital, and isn’t the most reliable of witnesses. It doesn’t help that she has a mental condition that makes it hard for her to remember and recognize faces. (This is a real condition, not something Barclay made up.) Something that works against her when the child’s mother is found brutally murdered. Continue reading