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By Craig Nova
Shaye Areheart Books, July 13th, 2004
Reviewed by Susan Johnson
CRUISERS is Craig Nova's eleventh novel. In this book he chooses to write the alternating chapters from two different points of view. The first point of view is that of Russell Boyd, a well-liked state patrolman who works the night traffic duty. The second point of view is that of Frank Kohler, a loner, almost to the point of being a hermit who has decided to order himself a Russian bride.
All through the story dark tales are related by both men. Russell relates a tale his grandfather told of his time in a German prison camp and how he witnessed a horrifying case of cannibalism. Frank remembers his mother's murder and how he accidentally stumbled upon the scene and saw her hacked up body, stuffed in an old trunk and left on a riverbank.
As the story progresses Frank and Russell cross paths several times throughout the story until the reader begins to almost expect that something horrible is yet to come.
Both men are enjoying and experiencing new relationships, Russell's, a slow build up and Frank's, a strange relationship with his Russian bride that will eventually boil over.
Craig Nova's book CRUISERS was the first I had read by him but I was struck by the almost poetic prose and the dark noir feeling he managed to convey.
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