Synopsis of White River Burning
Tensions have been running high in White River as it approaches the one-year anniversary of a fatal shooting of a black motorist by a local police officer.
The economically depressed, racially polarized city is on edge.
Confronted with angry demonstrations, arson, and looting. In the midst of the turmoil, a White River police officer is shot dead by an unknown sniper.
As the town spirals out of control, local authorities approach Dave Gurney to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting.
The situation in White River becomes truly explosive as more killings occur in what appears to be an escalating sequence of retaliations.
But when Gurney questions the true nature of all this bloodshed, and zeroes in on peculiar aspects of the individual murders, his involvement is suddenly terminated.
Obsessed with evidence that doesn’t support the official version of events, Gurney cannot let go of the case.
Despite intense opposition from the police, as well as from dangerous fanatics lurking in the shadows, he begins to uncover an astonishing structure of deception —learning that nothing in White River it what it seems to be.
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White River Burning by John Verdon review
Very good plot. White River Burning is the novel I liked the most after the first one, though it doesn’t quite surpass it.
After reading the review and after some questioning by Gurney to some characters, I guessed who the bad guy was; though I already suspected earlier in the book. And I confirmed it almost at the end, before Gurney. But that’s what makes reading more exciting: to find out if you’re right.
After everything is discovered, the ending is a bit flat, and it’s not the first time. The summary of how the loose ends are tied is narrated in a way that I don’t particularly like much. It feels cut short. But it doesn’t really matter because the novel is that good.
The only negative point, apart from what I’ve already said, is the perfection of Gurney’s wife and, after reading five books, the complications and the emotional blackmails? from the wife to the husband. They are topics that deviate from the interest in the main plot and don’t add much.
To sum up, I’d highly recommend it and I’m waiting for the next one.