With deftness of characterization and quick plot progression, Charles Kelly has created a worthy tale of a real-life, early-20th Century female lawyer, investigator and human rights activist.
" Beautifully descriptive and quickly progressive. Charles Kelly manages to do with 9 pages what the other 2 General Fiction finalists fail to do with 15. That is, he sets the scene and reveals character motivation with as few words as possible, all the while unveiling the plot line bit-by-bit and just enough to keep me reading! As well, his description of early 20th Century New York hits its mark without bogging me down with windy description. Likewise, his use of small details to reveal character motivation -- Kron's somewhat chauvinistic yet tender admiration of his female lawyer/detective employer, for example. Kron is clearly in love with Grace Humiston, yet Kelly is quick to show the impossibility of this love. They live, after all, at the turn of the 20th century. A low-brow investigator like Kron, having scraped his way up out of Hell's Kitchen into the employ of a higher-pedigree married professional, wouldn't dare dwell too long on his boss's athletic frame and fine fitting dress in that day and age, now would he? Bravo! You've won my vote! "
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