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Jim Ward, introduced in Morgan's Point as a young, idealistic Houston prosecutor, returns in Anahuac as an older, more conflicted, more complicated man, coming to Anahuac to defend a man who appears guilty of a horrible crime. His discoveries lead to entanglements in the very nature of good and evil, in a town steeped in a history that is unexpectedly but definitively drawing Ward in its narrative web.
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By Allen Anthony on 03-27-18
A trip down memory lane
I spent my last six years of public school in La Porte, Texas, and this book was just like returning for a homecoming celebration. Loaded with local color from Laporte, Morgans Point, Baytown, and I cannot count the times I drove through San Jacinto battle grounds, by the Battleship Texas onto the Lynchburg Ferry....so many memories came rushing back while I listened to this book.
Alan Adelberg did a great narrative all the way through this book, he has a really calm, laid back, homespun story telling style that I found to be very comforting.
The story is somewhat typical of a lot of small rural texas towns from the 60's thru today, don't trust outsiders, and if they have different values or mannerisms then you really don't trust then, but local rednecks are able to sit on the fence and lean into dirty dealing but that's okay because they are charter members in the good ole boy system.
But the times they are a changing.
This book is a sort of texas heratige, history, courtroom drama, and with a little religion thrown for good measure. Oh almost forgot our hero is married, has a very good looking law partner, and an ex college lover, and is constantly trying to please them all.
I really enjoyed this one ....hope you like it as well.
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By Mark Lesmeister on 05-16-18
Mr. Darling Gets the Details Right
When a novel bears the name of a town or a region, that town or region often goes beyond just being the neutral backdrop for the story, and becomes almost a character in the story itself. In such cases geographic verisimilitude takes on added importance. Houston isn't New York, Anahuac isn't Long Island, and it's annoying as heck to listen to stories written by someone who doesn't understand those differences. Fortunately, William Darling is intimately familiar with the settings of his story. The characters aren't the shallow stereotypes of an outsider, but nuanced portraits fashioned by an insider. As someone who grew up somewhere else but who has grown to love this part of Texas, listening to _Anahuac_ was like looking at pictures of a friend taken before you met them. Definitely worth the download.
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