Wednesday, November 22

Fools Rush In by Sunny Frazier

Review by Gloria Feit

Fools Rush In, the first full-length novel by Sunny Frazier, opens with a moment from the mind of a young man who is dying from a lethal heroin injection:  "Faded green curtains danced in slow motion away from the window.  A spider on the sill hung precariously on the strands of a web.   Time slowed to a dusty crawl.  The young man licked his lips with great effort and relished the sensation of his tongue against the dryness."  The about-to-be-victim has been a confidential informant for the narcotics unit in Central Valley in the San Jacquin Valley of California, and the sear ch for his killer takes the police, and the reader, into the world of narcotics trafficking, its denizens and its victims.  The undercover detective to whom the unfortunate young man reported enlists the aid of his ex-girlfriend, Christy Bristol, a clerk in the Sheriff's Dept., who hobby is casting horoscopes, despite the fact that he is and always has been a non-believer in astronomy – that conflict had led to their breakup - but now that very hobby has brought him back to her door, and will also place her in harm's way.


This reader has a small problem with the concept that a drug dealer and head of a gang would say to one of his cohorts: "…but you're not the brains of this outfit.  I was in the lead spot when we rode and I've stayed at the head of the formation all these years because I've got leadership qualities.  Says so in my horoscope."  But I guess that's where the willing suspension of disbelief comes in.


Fools Rush In is an enjoyable novel, and Christy an interesting and likeable protagonist.  I must admit to never having been one to follow astrology, but the author makes the subject very interesting.   And I loved Christy's observation that "Pluto was still considered a planet in astrology-speak."  Ms. Frazier gives the book a very satisfying ending.


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