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Seeing the authors’ names William and J. A. Johnstone, a longtime reader and fan might expect this novel, “Down the Dark Streets,” to be about the west. But if that was the expectation one would not find it to be the case of their more traditional Western novels.
This book is set in modern America in a neighborhood of older people. It became apparent from the beginning that something was going on and not in a good way. People were losing their homes that they had lived in for many years…and all in an unusual way.
Enter the Knox family with a long-time marriage and where the parental generation has health issues. The wife, Mary, has a debilitating disease leaving her bedridden. The husband has heart issues. Their two sons grew up in this charming all-American town and as adults have moved away—one to California and one to Maine. They are a loving and traditional family in many ways.
Fortunately, the “boys” come home and begin to sniff our something that smells rotten. There were some sleazy people with a different view of what their charming town should look like. Is it only progress or something much more nefarious? Reading this book will help answer the question. It is a delightful book in many aspects whether reading it from the standpoint of an older reader or from that of a younger reader. The two ages working together and willing to do nearly anything even kill to maintain their way of life.
One aspect that might be a bit over done is the almost right-wing view of diversity and how only conservatives can be patriotic. I found this disconcerting and a but off-putting. And, in this reviewer’s opinion was totally unneeded. It was a very good book with out the insertion of the political views.
I'm glad that I didn't have anything to do yesterday because once I started this book I couldn't put it down until the end. It's a book about modern day America and is full of twists and turns all the way though as senior citizens in a small community in Virginia fight to keep from being evicted from the homes that they've owned and paid off years ago.
Most of the people in this community are senior citizens in declining health. Joe Knox and his wife Mary have lived in their home over 50 years. Mary has muscular dystrophy and Joe, despite his health problems, is her only caregiver. Their doctor recommends bringing in help and when their neighborhood priest gives them information about a group called We Care who provided home health care workers, Joe finally decides to hire someone to help with his wife and their home. Joe and his friends began to notice that many of the houses in the neighborhood have become empty and when he witnessed one of his neighbors being thrown out of her house by the sheriff because it was in foreclosure, he becomes suspicious because he knows that the house had been paid off years earlier. When Joe gets pneumonia and has to go to the hospital, he's thankful that they had such a wonderful caretaker for his wife. When Joe and Mary's two sons visit, they find a foreclosure notice in their parent's stack of mail. As they begin to investigate they find that there is a conspiracy going on to foreclose on all of the houses in the community and get rid of the elderly residents. What the 'bad guys' don't realize is that the community members may be old but they will fight back with a vengeance to keep their homes.
This novel is centered around a community where the residents are mostly elderly with their homes paid off. The town residents have known each other for a long time, some go to the same church and some fought in war together. Now, the town is threatened by an organization called “We Care” whose staff is supposed to be helpful and caring for people in their homes. At first, the aides bring care, companionship and seem to go the extra mile. However, after a short amount of time, it appears that the caregivers are not as benevolent as they appear. In fact, what comes to light is the evil that lies just beneath the surface that may soon see light. Joseph and John Knox come together to help care for their mother when their dad is hospitalized. The neighbors have known these two since they were little boys. When the evil is exposed, they know they can trust these two with their lives. One of the neighbors is a man called Doyle. He is a cantankerous man but someone you want beside you when the fight to save the neighborhood begins. Together with the Knox family, neighbors are going to have to make a stand. When bullets start flying, they band together and decide to not let evil win! I look forward to the Johnstone thriller every year. I couldn’t wait to read the newest addition to the long list of stories that bring me hours of exciting reading! One of my favorite characters was Doyle who appears like he just doesn’t care for people, but underneath the gruff exterior is the heart of a compassionate warrior. I was rooting for the band of elderly folks who were victims, who after having worked hard and lived through wars should have been enjoying their retirement years. Readers might want to visit the authors’ website and get other novels that are just as engaging and suspenseful to read.
Down the Dark Streets by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone is a great thriller. For those that don't know it some of the best books from these authors aren't the westerns, it's the current stories about the ordinary man who takes up the fight against injustice. That is just what this great book is all about. Someone is evicting old folks from their homes, why? Thankfully there are those that don't take this very well and resists. Well read this amazing story and find out. It is a very thought provoking plot. I am thankful that @kensingtonbooks @netgalley and #Pinnacle gave me this advance copy and @williamw.j.a.johnstone for writing it. #NetGalley #Kensington #DownTheDarkStreets #WilliamWJohnstone #JAJohnstone
Johnstone annually writes a story outside the Western genre addressing a modern societal problem "Down the Dark Streets" addresses the issue of elder abuse. In a society obsessed with youth and one that disdains age and wisdom it follows that evil people will prey on the elderly. In typical Johnstone fashion the elderly fight back with the help of Veteran John Knox and his bother Joe Knox as well as a very capable female police officer. I was not a fan of "The Scorching" the last one in Johnstone's series but I very much enjoyed this one. If you are a fan of family and traditional values you will enjoy this book. As I said, Johnstone is back!
It was really strange to pick out a Johnston novel not populated by cowboys. But fear not, the cowboy values are quite evident in this “good overpowers evil” story of the unscrupulous and greedy trying to take advantage of the weak. Our cowboys coming to the rescue may not be riding in on horses, nevertheless they continue to fight for what’s right.