The Last Resort (英語) ペーパーバック – 2020/2/5
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An old sixties musician and his trim mama run a pot farm in the Emerald Triangle of northern California and welcome an exonerated ex-con, a Las Vegas prostitute, a union organizer from the Bronx, an escapee of a sex slave cult, a retired carney with Parkinson's Disease, and an old Mississippi blues guitarist down on his luck. Together they create a last resort, a modern version of home and family.
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The plot follows Luther, an exonerated ex-con and his journey to be accepted back into society after twenty years in prison. Mostly through the kindness of others, Luther finds himself at a family run pot farm in Garberville, northern California, along with many others who are searching for their place in the world.
The idyllic feel and laid-back pace that Gallo creates, allows the reader to take a step back and appreciate the imperfect perfections of everyday life. No matter your background, no matter your problems The Last Resort is literally that, “a sanctuary for all.”
This novel is the first that I have read of Gallo’s and I look forward to delving back into this world, to visit some well-known characters in Murder at the Columbarium, a murder-mystery with a twist.
The Last Resort had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book. From the opening chapter, setting the tone for the entire work, to the end at which you ponder your own sense of direction, The Last Resort flows like a sparkling river. It’s a great read that’s filled with dramatic and well-described moments that will stay with you for a long time.
I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a first-class fictional drama with perfect pacing.
I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Emily Gallo in the future. A great read and a novel that suggests great things for this author’s future as a writer. Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.