Monday, July 3, 2017

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore / Matthew Sullivan, 326 pp.

Lydia works at an urban Denver bookstore where she keeps a friendly eye on the BookFrogs - the men who make the store their daily home.  When one of their number, Joey, meets a tragic end, he leaves a trail of clues for Lydia to puzzle over.  And not surprisingly, Joey's fate turns out to be linked to a fairly hefty, and horrible, mystery from Lydia's past.

This is Sullivan's first novel, and I certainly hope that it's not a one-off.  Lydia and her friends at Bright Ideas are fresh, likeable characters, and Sullivan's writing is natural and vivid.  He captures perfectly the feel of urban bookselling/librarianship and the relationships the work gives rise to.  Consider this passage, in which a co-worker describes having to eject BookFrog Hi Guy from the store:

He wrapped one of our newspapers around a fifth of gin and sat there drinking it...which was, you know, whatever, but then an hour later he pissed his pants and started falling all over the place.

Wholeheartedly recommended!

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