Book review taken from frances_lievens.
In a hot and sweaty Summer with nothing interesting going on, a murder mystery in a sleepy town attracts people like wasps flock to a glass of soda. As does the disappearance of Old Man Lawson in Michael Collins' novel The Keepers of Truth
. His no-good son Ronny is immediately murder-suspect number one. The threatening figure of the son who keeps proclaiming his innocence enlivens the town. Suddenly the outside world shows some interest in a dead town located in the American Rust Belt
. Stories of town gazette The Truth
get picked up by The Times
and other big newspapers. Unfortunately the success doesn't last. Without one bit of evidence and no body the investigation comes to a halt.
When misfit journalist Billy sees his claim to fame melt away, he starts taking a personal interest in the case. He sees the events in the small town as the natural effect of its decline. But his poking around also pulls him in too deep.
Collins takes us into the mind of his protagonist and although we might think him a bit dimwitted, the reader misses the same clues to be able to solve the mystery beforehand.The Keepers of Truth
isn't so much a murder mystery, as a bleak view on the decay of what once was a thriving industrial region. Where Billy doesn't succeed in showing the link between the murder mystery and the decay, Collins does. He sucks you into the narrow-minded world, which lets you give him just enough layway for a couple of unlikely twists and turns. They are only unlikely because, like Billy, you never fully grasp and understand the big picture.The Keepers of Truth
is an interesting and fun read. Not a pageturner that makes you read at the highest pace possible to know the solution of the mystery, but a thriller that has you savour the words and wonder about the image shown.