This book reminded me of two pieces of literature. "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George mixed with "After Dark, My Sweet" by Jim Thompson. Let me start with the Thompson part. The narrator is an escaped convict named David "Tool" Roney. Not a "tool" as in a loser but "Tool" as in a shank, a tool to get work done whether it be protection or chiseling out a hiding place for goods. You wonder if Tool will become an unreliable info source and go completely off the rails and operate with a sliding scale of right and wrong. You know how Jim Thompson would always have a protagonist that was just as "Gosh darn it I can't figure out why the world is stacked against me" all the while he's creating mayhem left and right? But the character doesn't do that, in fact he acts with a solid code of ethics but to the author's credit he fills the character out nicely with some quirks in judgement. Sometimes he acts heroically even headed even in dire situations which might seem fanciful. But hey, what's left in the world without erring toward our better nature? The My Side of the Mountain vibe I got from Tool's journey into the wilderness. He has to piece together supplies and mad schemes to keep himself afloat. By turns philosophical and bent on danger Tool takes us along for the ride from Mississippi's Parchman farm to the Appalachian Mountains. It's a great distinctive voice that we get from Tool in this narrative. I look forward to further adventures.
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