Parker credits the late Bill Tapply for guiding him from years as a journalist to his new world of fiction.
I've missed Bill Tapply – but found a treasure in Parker's delightful novel, The Providence of Death.
A former award-winning jounalist, "Bo" Parker has that same warmth, charmingly simple depth, that Tapply's Brady Coyne filled our heads with for so many years. Excellent prose, couched in unassuming style.
I hope we'll have now many years of Joe McKibben, Parker's ex-detective, who grows upon the reader instantly, like the comforting sounds of Chesapeake Bay waves lapping against a sun-warmed sand.
The Providence of Death is set in an area personally dear to me, Hampton, Virginia, and the surrounding countryside in the Chesapeake Bay world, as well as the small village of Duck on North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Parker has that wonderful gift Bill Tapply had - he draws you into his local world of small towns and neighborhoods. You feel you've always known the people in his pages.
Sections of this novel touched a special depth in me. My father lived for many years, then died, at the V.A. Hospital in Hampton.
My mother spent over a half century in her house on the beach on Chesapeake Bay. Parker's following description could have been a chapter right out of that life!
"I … looked across Hampton Roads, the world's largest natural harbor, home to the world's largest naval installation. I watched a container ship in the main channel glide past the sterns of warships docked at the navy shipyard… an aircraft carrier traveling in on the channel from the Chesapeake Bay came into view…"
When I finished one of Bill Tapply's books, I always felt " All's right with the world."
Bo Parker gives me that same good feeling!
P.S. I found this book by surfing in the crime writers blogosphere and look forward to the next two books of this gifted writer!
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