After The Fog Clears by Lee Thompson
eBook review copy; 220 pages (est.)
paperback ISBN-13: 9781940544939
After The Fog Clears by
Lee Thompson is a so-so novel that deals with the abandoned and the psychotic.
Saginaw police officer Nathan Hazzard accidental hits a small child
while in a high speed pursuit of Luther Anderson. Luther was speeding
home because he received a disconcerting phone call from his grandmother
and is concerned that something is wrong with her or his crippled
brother. The child was the son of Raul Spencer, who just heard before
the accident that his father was temporarily laying him off from the
family's funeral home business, is walking home when his wife calls.
Raul's wife, Geneva, is devastated as she tries to reach him without
The story deals with these three families and the aftermath an accident
that sets into motion a violent chain of events. Luther was the only
character I could even remotely care about. Hazzard is psychotic,
aggressively so, and quickly determines that he has nothing left to
lose, so it's time for him to take matters into his own hands. Raul is
just as bad - in his own way. He calls his wife's best friend, with whom
he is having an affair, and wants her support.
The story is simple and the main theme is the violence that will be
taking place due to the whiny psychotics who want to blame everyone else
for their problems and their actions. Obviously, I grew tired of them.
Handled differently, the story could have been a psychologically tense
thriller. However, this is more a laundry list of what happened next and
then and next...
Is it awful? No, but it wasn't very believable. There were to many
coincidences. Additionally is a lot of gratuitous violence. I had a hard
time finishing this one. The fact that I did is worth 2 stars.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of DarkFuse for review