Long Fall from Heaven
by George Wier with Milton T. Burton
Review by Steve Sawicki
Cinco Puntos Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781935955528
Date: 25 June 2013 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Cueball Boland and Micah Lanscomb have a problem on their hands. One of Cueball's security team has been murdered, and in a fairly grisly way. As he and Lanscomb begin to try to figure out what might have happened they start to realize that they're looking at more than just a breaking and entering gone bad. As the clues begin to come together the story points to a fifty year old tale of a serial killer involving the FBI, the Texas Rangers, and Old Towne Galveston stuff. As they dig deeper and deeper the horror gets closer and more personal.
George Weir wrote this story with Milton T. Burton although Burton died in 2011. It's seamless in presentation and a nasty little piece of crime fiction. this is essentially, Burton's story although written by Weir.
The tale is told through a series of alternating sections--some telling the story of the original cereal killer while the modern pieces detail the seeming recurrence of that individual. It works as a device and just the right amount of information is put forth in each chapter so you have enough to continue forward but not so much that you figure it all out before the main characters do. It all comes together for a satisfying conclusion.
I enjoyed the book, pretty much from beginning to end, although there was one piece that I found to be a bit unbelievable. I won't get into it here because it is a key part of the story and to talk about it would potentially ruin the read for others. But, I found the motivation for what is a pretty major character behavior pretty unbelievable. Other than that one piece it all hangs together amazingly well. Recommended if you are looking for an interesting piece of crime fiction to fill a couple of hours with.