One particular of the wonderful joys of getting a book reviewer is that you never know what is going to turn up in your mail box. There are so many wonderful new writers out there. In fact I have a confession to make, did you know that you could take me to a bookstore and I can fairly a lot guarantee that I would not be able to locate a book that I wanted to study! Book stores sell the NYT greatest sellers and little else. Effectively I do not like the Clancy’s and Stephen King’s of the world, I like new authors, ones that have some heart in what they create.
Which brings me to Richard Ide and his new book three Aces. I read the synopsis, and I have to admit that I was not sure that as a plot line it would perform. Ex Vietnam vet with PTSD (Post Traumatic Anxiety Disorder) turned extended distance truck driver meets a depressed alcoholic poker playing young lady and they attempt to rehabilitate every other with the assist of a three legged dog!
Nicely I was incorrect! The plot line functions splendidly. Richard Ide pulls it off with aplomb.
Abner Weaver is a man who has lost his ambition, a truck driver who has turn out to be fed up with the world and who is tiny by tiny heading down a really dark path. His trucks are becoming much less appealing as are the loads he hauls. But does he care? No, the solace of the cab is all that matters. Abner has identified his nirvana behind a bug covered windshield and an old and tired diesel engine thumping beneath him.
A likelihood encounter with what Abner at initial thinks of as a ‘lot lizard’ begins to modify his opinions. Dawn Carlisle is no hooker, she is just a rather sad young lady, running from a failed marriage, and an ugly custody battle. A battle that she cannot uncover a way to win, with no job she stands no opportunity of obtaining her young daughter back. She has no capabilities, other than a organic penchant of math, but her only use for that is in playing Poker. That will hardly endear her to any judge.
So with this as the backdrop Richard Ide takes us on an intriguing voyage of discovery. I have to admit that the one person that I do really feel sorry for having study this book is the editor. He or she should have had some sleepless nights with the trucking and poker lingo! It took me a tiny even though to choose it up. I certainly learned a handful of new terms, I actually like ‘lot lizard’ – what a excellent description of the low-end hookers that hang out at truck stops.
I was also impressed with the study that Richard Ide has carried out both in his use of places and also the historical vignettes that he inserts from time to time. three Aces covers a lot of ground, literally and metaphorically.The book ends with the ideal synopsis of the Vietnam war I consider I have ever read. Quick and to the point.
Excellent book, I loved it, and you can get your copy from Amazon.