Book Review: Twilight of the Drifter by Shelly Frome—and Happy Catowe'en!

Twilight of the Drifter
Shelly Frome
Sunbury Press, 2011
ISBN 978-1-934597-86-6
Trade Paperback


Josh Devlin, failed journalist, mouth harp playing bluesman, and sometime truck driver, is a wanderer in a homeless shelter when he comes upon a teenage runaway named Alice, hurt and hiding in an abandoned boxcar. Quixotically, he takes her under his wing (whether she likes it or not, which she doesn’t) and sees she gets medical attention and a place to stay. This means taking her home with him–home being the back room of his uncle’s cafe. But she isn’t telling him what she’s running from and so a mystery begins that brings him to the attention of a backwoodsman with strange and dangerous politics.

For some reason I felt that because of the characters this book should’ve been set in the past. They just have that feel to me. But it’s not, being very much the present. I found character motivations sometimes hard to understand, but perhaps they’re just like most people in real life, muddling along doing the best they can. The story includes lots of musical scenes and references to enjoy.

Reviewed by Carol Crigger, August 2012.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.