Sunday, August 30, 2009

Random Walk by Lawrence Block (44)

I am a fan of Lawrence Block's mystery novels; since reading his recent memoir "Step by Step" I became aware of this book, subtitled "A Novel for a New Age". In Oregon a man begins a walk across the country by putting one foot in front of the other. He starts to gather other folks who also decide to walk with him. The walk is being done without forethought but purposefully, gathering people as they go, sleeping and eating wherever they find themselves, not exactly knowing where they will finish. At the same time a serial killer is on the loose, killing women wherever he finds them, not understanding why he is killing but getting some sort of satisfaction out of the act. The paths of all these people intersect somewhere in the story with a surprising and promising result. This book was quite unlike other books by the same author and I enjoyed it (though the chapters about the killer were a little hard to read!)

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