Wallace Street: A hardscrabble neighborhood seeks revenge against a child predator by Tess Devlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tess Devlin's, Wallace Street, takes us into a disintegrating toward neighborhood of Chicago in the 1950s. Various characters are introduced and fleshed out to the perfect degree to enhance the story. Because the point of view changes so often and there are so many characters, it can be a bit cumbersome in the beginning keeping track of them all. The effort is well worth it though when slowly the way their lives intertwine is revealed and then a monstrous tension builds as one innocent child after another disappears. As the fear and fury rises in the neighborhood everyone decides that they'll be the ones to find and stop this predator. The mobsters, a street cop, one of the residents, the detectives assigned to the case... they are all trying and none actually cares who gets the job done, as long as the murderer is stopped. The list of suspects is long, red herrings are aplenty, and the twists and turns come at a furious pace.
Though there were a few editing and grammatical errors, it was not enough to detract from the story, even for a grammar Nazi like me. The novel on the whole was gripping, well paced, and truly as realistic as it was terrifying.
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