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Debra Hamel is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


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THE BATTLE OF ARGINUSAE :
VICTORY AT SEA AND ITS TRAGIC AFTERMATH IN THE FINAL YEARS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
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KILLING ERATOSTHENES:
A TRUE CRIME STORY
FROM ANCIENT ATHENS
By Debra Hamel


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READING HERODOTUS:
A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY
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THE MUTILATION OF THE HERMS:
UNPACKING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY
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TRYING NEAIRA:
THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE
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SOCRATES AT WAR:
THE MILITARY HEROICS OF AN ICONIC INTELLECTUAL
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ANCIENT GREEKS IN DRAG:
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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
FIVE HUNDRED 1ST LINES IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
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PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
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Judson, Daniel: The Violet Hour

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4.5 stars

The action of The Violet Hour takes place over a week, beginning on Mischief Night, October 30th, though the fact that Halloween falls within the week isn't particularly relevant. What does matter in terms of setting the tone for the book is that it is fall, and coldish, and bleak. One usually hears of the Hamptons, on the east end of Long Island, in connection with wealth--all sunshine and beaches. But the world that Cal Rakowski inhabits is dark, and he lives an ascetic life, by choice, designed to ward off surprises and loss. In late October, though, his careful world is interrupted when troubles that have been brewing around the people close to him come to a head--Carver, the man he works for; his friend Lebell; a woman he's been sheltering from her abusive husband. Cal is a natural mechanic, and events prove that he's good at figuring out more than just machines. He also discovers that without knowing it he absorbed lessons about suspicion and survival from his late father, a criminal whose vocation meant he always carried a gun to answer the door. It's a good thing Cal's clever, because what he's up against is a complex of interrelated troubles--bad guys and bad cops and false identities and so on. My one complaint about the book is that it's a little too complicated: when the details are revealed to us it's all a bit too much to take in. I couldn't give you a decent summary of all that was going on, having just finished the read. But apart from that, I really enjoyed this one, in particular because the author has created a tense, brooding atmosphere that keeps you constantly worried for his very likable protagonist.

Comments

1.

Thank you for bringing this author to my attention! I just placed 2 BOCDs on hold at my library by him. They have different titles from the one you reviewed, though. I'm excited about this new-to-me find. :) Thanks, again!

2.

Thanks, Joy! Yes, I'm excited to learn about him too. I'm sure I'll be looking into his other books.

If you happen to be a member of Bookins.com, I've just posted my copy of this one for trade there.

3.

I'm considering on buying this one. :D Thanks to your review and your website, I get to find some of the best books. I'm a bookworm, but I'm not that familiar with a lot of authors. The Violet Hour should keep me company... boooooo! Hahaha

4.

Thanks, Kaye! If you do, I hope you enjoy it. I should be reading another one of his pretty soon.

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