Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell, 2012
Price: $15.95 / Paperback
$4.99 / eBooks
Mustard’s Last Stand is a mystery/romance/little-man-against corporate big guys theatrical comedy that made me feel I was on an out of control merry-go-round. For example, in the first third of the book I met a fired security officer seeking a redneck shoplifter; a burned-out screen writer home to rescue his environmentalist brother; four pregnant women trying to refurbish a pizza parlor into a rescue home; a shrimpy money-hungry entrepreneur; a con man posing as a preacher, and various other miscreants and misfits, all converging on Hancock, Idaho. My only thought was How is Ms. McIntosh going to bring all of this together as a believable story? More amazing still is the sleight of hand she employs to bring it off.
Set in the tiny North Idaho town of Hancock, which is in danger of becoming a yuppy back-to-nature paradise when entrepreneur Naismith proposes opening a hunting Safari for rich hunters. The town’s denizens are evenly divided between welcoming the proposed income coming to their depressed little town and openly defiant over a big-game business that amounts to shooting fish in a barrel that will destroy the environment.
Kathy McIntosh shows an edginess in her writing in creating wackos who are sympathetic characters by reining them in just shy of repulsive. A great balancing act that keeps you trying to decide if you like this guy or not.
Definitely a fun read, she plans more books featuring the odd-ball cast in this book and it’s a good thing because looking back none of the relationships in the book got settled so we have their resolutions and make ups to look forward to.
My Rating: Go for it. You’ll get a kick out of reading it.