Hello, everyone. Today I am reviewing Drift by Jon McGoran for TLC Book Tours. As always, I am provided with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
About the book: When Philadelphia narcotics detective Doyle Carrick loses his mother and step-father within weeks of each other, he gains a twenty day suspension for unprofessional behavior and instructions to lay low at the unfamiliar house he’s inherited in rural Pennsylvania.
Feeling restless and out of place, Doyle is surprised to find himself falling for his new neighbor, Nola Watkins, who’s under pressure to sell her organic farm to a large and mysterious development company, and under siege from the genetically modified crops growing nearby. He’s more surprised to see high-powered drug dealers driving the small town roads – dealers his bosses don’t want to hear about.
But when the drug bust Doyle’s been pushing for goes bad and the threats against Nola turn violent, Doyle begins to discover that what’s growing in the farmland around Philadelphia is much deadlier than anything he could have imagined.
My review: I must admit that I love a good thriller. I am also someone who is very concerned about genetically modified foods. So I was very intrigued by the subject matter of this eco-thriller. The author has written about food and sustainability for a number of years and his knowledge and passion about that subject runs throughout the pages of this book. Taking that wealth of knowledge and honing in on the highly questionable practice of genetically modifying foods, adding some drug dealers, some great characters and a complex plot, McGoran has given us a really compelling thriller with all sorts of twists and turns. Doyle Carrick is an engaging and somewhat hard-boiled detective with a sarcastic sense of humor. The cast of supporting characters is richly drawn. The setting was so well written that I could picture the topography, the small town, the crops – everything.
I don’t like to give away any plot points, you know. Mysteries are such fun to read that I want you to have the pleasure of reading this one without me giving too much away. A bit noir, a lot thriller, and with a nice injection of wit, Jon McGoran has written a page-turner for our time, a cautionary tale that is riveting and timely.
About the author: Jon McGoran has written about food and sustainability for twenty years, as communications director for Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia, and now as editor of Grid magazine. During that time he has also been an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development, and labeling of genetically engineered foods. He is a founding member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a group of published authors dedicated to promotion, networking and service work. In Drift, he combines his interest in the increasingly bizarre world of food today with his love for the thriller.
One of you will be the lucky winner of a copy of this book! Just leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner on Sunday night.