|True Cross (2003) [Novel]|
by T.R. Pearson
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Paul Tatum is, at least on the surface, harmless. Neat and tidy in appearance, a man of few words, the small-town accountant drops into his clients' homes and businesses and quietly observes them. "I collected information - chits and check stubs and invoices - and transformed them from clutter into semi-fictional fiscal sense."
In addition to the check stubs, he is mute witness to all kinds of bad behavior. Tax evasion. A propensity to gossip. Spousal abuse. He keeps his counsel because he is unable to connect - even with the stray dog he picks up - but remains content in his life of smug superiority.
His neighbor and kindred soul, Stoney, is even more of a recluse. With his yard full of guinea hens, a house full of cats, a truck full of tools and odd parts, and a TV with a full complement of cable channels, the local fix-it man has a brain packed with odd facts, bears a striking resemblance to Carpaccio's St. George, and has something of a savior complex. His "friendship" with Paul consists mostly of nonverbal, manly companionship, but when the two men become fixated on a local damsel in distress, Paul goads Stoney into an inexorable course of action that will have tragic consequences for all.
(from the publisher)
Original title: True Cross
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction