treasure trove of riches waiting to be plundered. Nor is it the easy job they assumed it to be.
It's something much worse.
Not long ago, I reviewed a Keith C. Blackmore novella titled Isosceles Moon. As a fan of his previous full-length novels, I was a bit concerned that he’d given himself a tough assignment by writing a novella—a deceptively tricky challenge—but he passed with flying colors and I’m happy to say he’s pulled it off again. As always, it’s the characters and the dialogue that make his work so insanely riveting. The main protagonist, Ray, is especially interesting. We learn just enough about his backstory to care, but not so much that it keeps the story from progressing at a nice even pace.
The basic premise of the story, a group of career criminals breaking into and robbing a luxurious cabin secluded on a seaside shore, is told from the viewpoint of the thieves as they gather to plan and execute the robbery. While some of the crooks were depicted as vile and dangerous, several were characterized as decent guys, even honorable within their own set of standards.
This particular tale actually hit closer to home for me than most. A couple years ago, I came home and noticed the front door was unlocked. I thought maybe we’d forgotten to lock it before leaving for work but when I walked into our bedroom, the drawers from my wife’s jewelry chest were strewn on the floor and bed with earrings, necklaces and bracelets scattered everywhere. Luckily, no one was home at the time, and since my wife and I aren’t wealthy, nothing of great value was taken. At the same time, I can’t deny that it made me angry. The thought of someone entering our home and stealing our possessions was infuriating. I wanted them to be caught and punished.
This novella explores the question of how far a group of wealthy homeowners who have all been the target of multiple home invasions would go to protect their property. I found some of the details to be a bit far-fetched, but they were only minor issues that in no way detracted from the overall quality. All in all, Private Property is a tightly written thriller with intriguing characters, fantastic storytelling and a thought-provoking plot. I highly recommend.
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