Lovely, clever and well-penned review in shelf-awareness.com, the Aug. 1 edition. This one from Paula Longhurst, who writes for a delightful little bookshop called The King’s English out of Salt Lake City:
Crashers: A Thriller by Dana Haynes
“Cascade Air 818 left Portland on a routine flight to Los Angeles, but it never arrived. Now pieces of the plane litter the Oregon countryside, and it would appear that this was just a dress rehearsal. Back in Portland, the National Transportation Safety Board team swings into action, unaware that there’s only 72 hours left until a ruthless opportunist crashes another plane. Fast, topical and downright scary, this is also a fascinating glimpse into how the NTSB operates.”
It concerns me, Paula Longhurst of Salt Lake City, that you managed to explain my complex, 350-page thriller in one neat little paragraph. Guys don’t like their reviewers to be better writers than they are!
Joking. No, I was a newspaper editor for a long time and this is what we always called “tight and bright.” No wasted words. Taut. That’s just good writing, Ms. Longhurst. Thank you.
So when do we get to read your book, Ms. Longhurst? Anyone who can condense a story that well clearly has stories of her own to tell. Hmm…?