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Red Paint calls itself "the friendliest town in Maine," a place where everyone knows one another and nothing too disturbing ever happens. Native son Simon Howe is a sturdy family man--a good father and...
Red Paint calls itself "the friendliest town in Maine," a place where everyone knows one another and nothing too disturbing ever happens. Native son Simon Howe is a sturdy family man--a good father and...
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  • Red Paint calls itself "the friendliest town in Maine," a place where everyone knows one another and nothing too disturbing ever happens. Native son Simon Howe is a sturdy family man--a good father and husband--and owner-editor of the town's newspaper. Because there's rarely any real news, he runs stories about Virgin Mary sightings, high school reunions, and petty criminals.

    One day Simon's predictable and peaceful life is disrupted by the arrival of an anonymous postcard, the first in a series of increasingly menacing messages. He tries to ignore them, but the implied danger becomes more real, threatening to engulf his wife and son as well. The Howe family becomes engaged in a full-scale psychological battle with their unidentified stalker--without even knowing it. Secrets from Simon's past are uncovered, escalating toward a tense and unexpected climax.

    More than a conventional mystery or thriller, Reunion at Red Paint Bay is an exploration of the consequences of guilt, denial, and moral absolutism. Harrar weaves a dramatic and suspenseful tale sure to spur readers into examining the limits of responsibility for one's actions.

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    "You hired a rapist?" The description seemed so all-encompassing, as if a single word could sum up a man's whole nature rather than just one awful act. Didn't a person deserve at least a few sentences about his life before judging him?
    "I assume he didn't put that on his résumé," Amy said.
    "He had a record, not a résumé."
    She glanced out the window, then back at him. "You didn't tell me you were thinking of hiring a rapist."
    "I didn't know I was. I just went up there to check out the new incentives the state has for hiring prisoners when they're released. I ended up doing some interviews."
    "And hiring a rapist."
    "As it turned out."
    "There weren't any pedophiles or murderers available?"
    Simon braked hard at Five Corners, even though normally he would take his chances coasting through on the yellow to avoid waiting through the multiple lights. "I sense you don't approve."
    "I'm just wondering why you would hire a rapist."
    Rapist--how many times would she say it? "This guy has a name, which is David Rigero, and David scored higher than most of our regular applicants on the employment test. I liked him, too."
    "Liked him how?"
    "As someone to talk to. If I were sitting next to him on an airplane, I'd enjoy our conversation." [...]
    The traffic crept by in front of them--a few cars, a gasoline tanker, and a white unmarked truck, the kind often mentioned on crime reports as spotted leaving the scene. Should the people inside these vehicles all be judged by the worst thing they had ever done? Who could survive that scrutiny?

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  • George Harrar is the author of two novels for adults, including the literary mystery The Spinning Man. Among his dozen published short stories, "The 5:22" won the prestigious Carson McCullers Prize and was selected for The Best American Short Stories 1999. Harrar lives west of Boston with his wife, Linda, a documentary filmmaker. Their son, Tony, was the inspiration for Harrar's award-winning novel for middle-grade readers titled Parents Wanted, published by Milkweed Editions.

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