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Book Title: Potshot|
The author of the book: Gerry Boyle
Date of issue: July 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9780425162330
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"No questions, no answers, no nuthin' ."
A meeting at an agricultural show gives Jack McMorrow, freelance journalist, an idea for an article he could probably sell to the Boston Globe. An amiable, fast talking hippie type had approached him hoping that Jack would sign his petition to legalise cannabis in the county. Jack visits the man, Bobby, at his remote home, meeting other like minded people and being served home grown veggies and herbal tea. But when the man's wife phones him to say Bobby and his strange companion, Coyote, have gone missing, his simple story of the pros and cons of legalisation, starts to escalate into something so much more.
Written in the first person, the perspective is that of Jack's entirely, as he writes down his notes on the places and people he meets, trying to formulate his story for the paper, one which he has to constantly revise as the situation changes. It is a clever way to repeat, but still keep fresh, his ideas as the story moves forward. Conversations feel authentic, too, and the main characters are well drawn, giving them a life of their own. Additionally, there is a sub plot as social worker and lover, Roxanne, is involved in a case of two neglected children she is trying to take into care. The case for and against the right to grow a little cannabis legally is given as the story unfolds.
The book evolves with a gentle swiftness, action occuring along the way, until a very impressive and nerve tingling denouement, really cleverly scripted. Then, suddenly, it is over. A conclusion of Jack's article, as he finally submitted it, would have provided a more comprehensive ending, but it was not to be. Instead, the reader is left to assume what finally happens.
An engaging and enjoyable book made all the more pleasurable by the excellent narration of Michael A.Smith. He skilfully assumes the character of Jack McMorrow, another slick talker but sincere and, mostly, honest, who enjoys a teasing repartee with Roxanne. Mr.Smith's ability to give excellent and appropriate voicing to all of the other characters, both female as well as male, is also outstanding and this, combined with just occasional technical effects easily makes this at least a five star performance.
My thanks to the rights holder of Pot Shot, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom. It was a very enjoyable listen and completely stand alone. Recommended for an intriguing yet undemanding read whilst still posing some thought provoking ideas.
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