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  • 07/2021
  • 9781644563298
  • 248 pages
  • $17.50
D. Krauss
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Looking for Don
D. Krauss, author
What is Butch thinking? He joined the Air Force to escape New Jersey and now, look, one day out of basic training and he's tooling around the Pine Barrens in his Mom's car searching for his best friend, Don. It's like he never left. And he's still in big trouble: Pee Sea, the most notorious drug dealer in the state, wants his head on a pike; his stepfather wants the car back and Butch gone; and his ex-girlfriend, April, wants to personally remove any body parts Pee Sea doesn't. If Butch could just find Don, then they could spend one last crazy night running the shore and the lakes and the mysterious, otherworldly swamplands before Butch has to leave. If he could just find him… Looking for Don is a Bruce Springsteen album, a wild ride through 1970's south Jersey as Butch runs into bike gangs, Pineys, the Jersey Devil… and even an old ghost from his childhood. Looking for Don is the third novel of the Frank Vaughn trilogy.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Krauss delves into the next tale of his main character’s life, the final installment of the Frank Vaughn Trilogy. Though this is the third book in the series, the plot line does seem to be fairly disparate from the previous two novels. The amount of subplot distracts from the major plot points, yet adds to a deeper understanding of the main character as a complex human.

Prose/Style: The format of the prose is written in third person and stream of consciousness is used as a narrative style. The tone is informal, oftentimes irreverent. Krauss does lightly dip into first person storytelling, which some readers may find confusing.

Originality: Krauss makes an attempt to follow a typical hero’s journey with archetypal characters, but the journey, or end goal, is not grand or unique enough to be fully gratifying.

Character Development/Execution: As is the third installment in the Frank Vaughn Trilogy, Krauss assumes the reader has learned of Butch and other various characters throughout the series and does not offer significant development time for key characters. The narrator’s motivations are at times difficult to determine. Nevertheless, Krauss shows a knack for creating unusual personalities that resonate on the page. 

Date Submitted: July 22, 2021

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2021
  • 9781644563298
  • 248 pages
  • $17.50

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