Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag ****

Well-dressed homosexuals, sensitive homosexuals, homophobic homosexuals, gay-bashing homosexuals, closet homosexuals, homosexuals with exotic sex habits, embarrassed homosexuals, proud homosexuals, homosexual murderers, dead homosexuals … homosexuals everywhere. It almost seems as if, in Dust to Dust, author Tami Hoag was challenged to see how many different characters can have their motivation explained by their sexual orientation. As the body count mounts homosexuals murder each other and anyone else who gets in the way.

If I wanted ascribe a moral to this story, it would be that homosexuals are just like everyone else (in Tami Hoag’s particular variation of the violent thriller).

Regardless, Tami Hoag is one of the best writers in this genre. Even when, halfway through, the mystery appears through the fog of red herrings and casual clues, the characters and subplots keep up the suspense and the pages turning. An excellent summer read for long plane ride or a short vacation.

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