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The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman (Review #2)

The Most Dangerous Thing Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Lippman really has two distinct audiences for her writing. There are the fans of her Tess Monaghan mystery series, and then the fans of her various works of fiction which take on the human psyche on various levels. Certainly there are people who read both, but most came to know Lippman from one side or the other. The Most Dangerous Thing comes as close as any to bridging the two sides.

On one side The Most Dangerous Thing is a coming of age book. On the other hand, there is every bit as much of a mystery in this as any of Lippman’s Tess Monaghan books. Five children, girls Gwen and Mickey, plus the three Halloran brothers Sean, Tim and (Go-Go) Gordon, become fast friends and spend great amounts of time roaming the woods near their homes virtually unsupervised. In their wanderings, they discover an old cabin, long ago abandoned by the owner but now used by a mysterious black man who they promptly nickname “Chicken George.” Any reader of this sort of books knows that there is going to be something that happens in that woods involving either the cabin or the man that will end up being a secret shared into adulthood. Indeed that is just what happens. The children go on with their lives, grow up and more or less forget about the incident, until Gwen returns to the town to care for her father who is convalescing from a fall. She runs into Sean who tells her Go-Go committed suicide. Gordon’s death stirs up memories of the past and eventually, readers are let in on the “secret.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Have you ever felt guilty about something that happened in your teen years? Could the guilt that you feel actually affect the choices that you make and your success in your adult life? Do you ever get over it?

A generation ago, life was different. Kids could actually explore in nearbywoods without parents being worried. It was a part of life, growing up, exploring, and coming home when your mom called you for
dinner.

The Most Dangerous Thing is about a group of children who grew up together exploring their neighborhood as close friends. There were three brothers, Tim, Sean, and Gordon (Go-Go) Halloran. Gwen who lived at the edge of the woods who seemed to have the perfect parents and Mickey who lived in a single family home with a much younger little brother and her mom’s boyfriend.

The five spent much of their summer time in the woods visiting a black man who lived in a shack in the woods that only seamed to value his guitar. Gwen especially would take food from her house to give to Chicken George. They frequently spent time at his shack with a few chickens and an unusual friendship including this vagabond.

The story revolves about Gwen who is now spending her nights at her father’s house helping him since his recent fall. While she is there, Go-Go is in a car accident that kills him. It appears that he didn’t apply the brake and that he purposely ran the car into a head-on collision. As the surviving four reunite, they each question themselves as well as the accident. Did Go-Go feel responsible for Chicken George and what happened? What did happen? Read the rest of this entry »