East of Lincoln

Fiction - Crime
446 Pages
Reviewed on 09/19/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

East of Lincoln is a work of intense and intriguing crime fiction penned by author Harlin Hailey. Set in the recent contemporary period of 2012, the story places us amongst the survivors of economic recession, piecing their lives back together as discontentment eats away at their very souls. For those who have been beaten back by the true face of the American Dream, disillusionment causes them to band together and change their future to forget their pasts. But when things go wrong and the dream turns to blood and desperation once more, anything can and will go wrong for these forgotten struggling friends.

Contemporary literary crime fiction doesn’t get any better than this latest work by author Harlin Hailey. Fans of poignant pieces on the ramifications of social and economic change are certain to see the bigger picture which is deftly painted by Hailey’s choice of language, settings, and scenes. We watch helplessly as men who feel they’ve no other choice fall into the blackness of their own failed morality, with intelligent details to convey character whilst also keeping the audience somehow distanced. We are powerless, and can only witness the carnage of how dashed dreams can spiral a man out of control. The plot structure swiftly reflects these twists and changes with its clever pacing and juxtaposition of sunny settings with dark thematic content. Overall, East of Lincoln will satisfy both the reader of psychological crime and the literary fiction fan looking for some deeply emotive social commentary. An accomplished piece of fiction and unique in its concept.