Blue's Point


Fiction - Thriller - General
211 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2017
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Blue's Point by Richard Ferguson is a story with a strong setting and a well-developed racial theme, a thriller that will have the reader’s eyes glued to the pages. Meet ex-convict, journalist Steve Cox, recently released to the custody of old Jim Blue, the man whose family has owned Blue’s Point and the adjacent Freedman’s Town for decades. Mykeisha Ali is a black magazine writer who has just arrived in town on a mission to expose Blue’s Point as a breeding point for racism and violence, a turf for the Klan that would not hesitate to kill black men. Steve is determined to find his father’s killer, but little does he know that he and Mike could be great hindrances to a deadly plan that is underway, and some men will do anything to stop them, including murder.

Blue's Point is a story that powerfully showcases murder investigation, crime, and racism in a thrilling tale that will enthrall readers who are into well-plotted novels with compelling settings. Readers will enjoy the historical elements of the story, the brilliant social and cultural commentaries, and Richard Ferguson’s beautiful prose. The characters are wonderfully developed and the author does an awesome job in exploring their personalities, unveiling their psychological depths, and thrusting them into a conflict that drives the plot ahead. The dialogues feel very natural and readers will enjoy the unique phraseology that seems to be Ferguson’s signature, the descriptions of the plot and characters, and the vivid setting. This is a spellbinding story with a huge conflict and a satisfying end.

Richard Ferguson

Here are a few other reviews Blue's Point has gotten:

FEATURED IN KIRKUS REVIEWS MAGAZINE

In Ferguson’s thriller, a just-released convict and a journalist travel to a small Texas town where racial tension breeds contempt and violence.

Steve Cox returns to Blue’s Point 10 years after his conviction for killing a black man. The prison released him into the custody of old Jim Blue, whose family has owned Blue’s Point and neighboring Freedman’s Town for decades. At the same time, black magazine writer Mykeisha “Mike” Ali rides into town, planning to expose Blue’s Point as a cesspool of racism where the Klan and skinheads run rampant, threatening (and sometimes killing) black people. Both Steve and Mike, however, may be a hindrance to a diabolical plot already under way, and there are men willing to resort to murder to keep the two quiet. Ferguson firmly establishes the story’s racial theme. Mike, for instance, is attacked by skinheads simply for stopping to get gas, and it’s abundantly clear that Freedman’s Town is a community for the blacks unwelcome in Blue’s Point. Ferguson fortunately allows the theme to enhance the novel rather than drive it. Steve, for one, is invested in finding who killed his father, who had been the Klan’s Grand Dragon, and he quickly learns that the murder that sent him to jail may have been a frame job. Establishing the villains, like the repugnant Tommy Saunder, reveals different levels of racism, some derived from ignorance, some from pure hatred. Ferguson further augments his tale with drama—e.g., unresolved issues with Steve’s high school football pal, police chief Champ Lee—a hint of romance between Steve and Mike, and a surprising amount of mystery: whoever framed Steve for murder may very well be trying to do it again.

Respectful and astute handling of serious social conflicts in a satisfying yarn. --Kirkus Reviews
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It's rare in the world of self-publishing to find a first-rate novel. BLUE'S POINT by Richard Ferguson is that rare exception.

Ferguson writes uncompromisingly about the hearts and minds of his characters, never shying from describing ugliness and violence, but not dwelling on it, either. The story flowed like a movie in my mind – I could barely turn the virtual pages on my Kindle fast enough. Richard Ferguson's novel is both a meditation on what stirs men and women's souls and a thrill-ride – a rare combination, in my experience. At times, I was reminded of Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
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What a pleasant surprise! The book sounded intriguing - white guy fresh out of jail for murdering a black man meets angry black reporter in a dangerously racist part of the South - and it totally delivered on its promise. No-holds barred writing and great, complex characters. It pulled me along to the thrilling finish. This would make a great movie!
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This book had me from the beginning. I'm from Texas. I'm a contributor to the Southern Poverty Law Center. I worked for a black attorney and was exposed to racial prejudice. I know the events in Blue's Point could happen at any time in East Texas (and elsewhere in the United States). The first night after I started this book, I had trouble sleeping. I hastened to finish it so I could find relief from its dark suspense. If I were a black woman as was the protagonist, no way would I be as brave, and some would say fool hardy, as she. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about the ugly underbelly of America, but beware. It will make your blood run cold.
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This fast paced, well-plotted thriller was easy to get into and at the beginning the way it was written made it ambiguous as to the time in which the story takes place, but clues emerge to help you grasp the modern day isolation of the town.

Without a doubt there is violence in this thriller but also a level of sensitivity required to give points of view and a balanced outlook to accommodate the characters and the story with respect. An engaging and interesting read.