Carter’s mother, Louise, has died and she wants to be buried in Albany, Georgia. It’s hard to fathom why. She hasn’t lived there in a long time. None of her family lives there. Carter’s dead father didn’t seem like the love of her life. To be near the grave of Carter’s brother? Who knows.
Carter and Nick have to go there. Or they choose to go there. When it comes to death, home, and family, everything gets muddled up. They can’t enter the state without permission. (Quick quiz: what book was that from?) So they sneak in and hole up in a mansion out of town.
Carter is as unhappy as we have ever seen him. His moroseness spills over into most of the book. Still, he seems to delight in tiny moments like the Indian motorcycle. Carter is resilient and we’re left with the certainty that Carter will weather this tragedy.
There were a fair number of celebrity drop ins. Among them is Cary Grant, who knew Louise. Rosalind Russell is battling breast cancer that would eventually take her a decade later.
Tom and Ronnie from the Daytona Beach story cross over and take on major roles in the book. I was ambivalent about the plot before I read the book. I thought there’d be spoilers because it’s set almost 20 years after the books that have been published in that series. I’m happy to admit that I was wrong. The mentions of their lives only served to ake me look forward to more books in the Daytona Beach stories.
In many ways, this feels like a “reset” book after the previous 3-book arc. Nick & Carter reorganize the vast company they own. Their family relationships change. Parnell’s love for his son shines through. At the end, there’s the feeling that the world is their oyster and they don’t know where they’ll go next.
Did I enjoy the Albany, Georgia tale? Not one bit (well, except for the Indian motorcycle part). Despite that it was a gripping, intense book. After all, hating Albany is the point.
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Independently Published (11 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1795778539
- ISBN-13: 978-1795778534
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
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