Staff Review: Citrus County by John Brandon

Readers who enjoyed Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell should pick up this novel by John Brandon. Set in Florida and told by three different characters, it has some spooky resonance with current news events. Disaffected teens consider great crimes; bright kids want to rebel; slackers try to create interesting events in their mundane lives without trying too hard. There is a great deal of interior monologue. I found the younger characters sympathetic and repellent at the same time, and the adults made me impatient with their obliviousness to the needs of the young people in their charge. Intriguing depths of human character are plumbed. It is also a compelling story; I stayed up late to finish it in one sitting and find out how it all turns out.

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