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Tom has a master’s degree in psychology from Clark University. From 1966 to 1969 he was a National Science Foundation fellow.
During the 1970s he worked for the Veterans Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the San Francisco Police Department. Wanted for Questioning, his first novel, is based in part on those experiences.
He lives with his wife in Northern California.
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Aug. 14, 2014 :
I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I really did not care for it.
Main character Neil is a prison counselor with issues at home. He has a girlfriend he doesn't really care about anymore (Terry), a woman he's interested in (Inga), a mom who doesn't speak to him much since his brother died in Vietnam ...
There's the plot in a nutshell. My problems with this book were many: first, I couldn't find much to care about with any of the characters. They seemed to be kind of two-dimensional (e.g., Andrea, the stereotypical "angry African-American lesbian"). I felt no chemistry between Neil and Inga whatsoever. We see lots of sexy-times, but it all feels very clinical.
And the ending? Completely dissatisfying.
Overall rating: 2.5/5 stars
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
on June 08, 2014 :
Thanks to the author -- and to Smashwords -- for delivering such an engaging read at an irresistible price (I can't believe this will remain freely available for long). An earlier reviewer suggested substituting Afghanistan for Vietnam as the battlefield setting for Neil's younger brother, Richie. Perhaps, but what resonated for me in this stunning first novel is the timelessness of its themes, the ever-rippling impact of violence perhaps chief among them. I do agree with that reviewer on one count: I want to read more by Tom Mitchell.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 22, 2011 :
This story is too dark and depressing for me. The main character spends a lot of time reflecting on relationships with family, girlfriends and inmates and I got bored before I got into it. Neil prides himself on having a history of telling the truth but constantly tells lies with ease. The girl he decides he loves has serious emotional problems and I never did come to grips with why they were together since they didn't mesh well. Even though I don't like the story it is well written and others may be interested in this style so I'll give it a three rating.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 10, 2011 :
This was a terrific first novel. Mitchell engages the reader immediately with gut-level sense of angst. Fast paced and believable. Great character development.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
on Aug. 23, 2011 :
A good read with a measured pace that pulls you along from the first page to the last. The characters are well drawn and believable. The setting of the book might have benefited from being placed in the present rather than the past with the conflict in Afghanistan being the place Neil's brother was killed. A minor quibble though and purely subjective.
The ending came quickly and seemed rather rushed leaving this reader wanting more. I was left with a feeling that I wanted to know what happened next. Maybe a sequel is being written?
All in all an excellent read.
(review of free book)
on July 31, 2011 :
This is an amazingly good first book and I hope to read more from this author. The story is rich in detail and evocative of the time in which it is placed. The writing is seamless and conjures up every nuance of the story from beginning to end. Bravo.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 20, 2011 :
This is a good read. There are unexpected twists and the ending will leave you wanting more. It is a crime novel, but you can also interpret it as a commentary on culture. Lets hope there are more books coming from Mitchell.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on July 04, 2011 :
This will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. Mitchell follows the old maxim, "Write about what you know," and since he knows about the Boston area, prison counseling, the Vietnam era, etc., it lends authenticity to the story. Definitely worth a read!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on July 01, 2011 :
This is the best novel of any genre that I've read in a long time. Mr. Mitchell has crafted a powerful story that draws the reader in and keeps him in its grasp. If it were in traditional printed book form rather than online, I would call it a page-turner, a can't-put-it-down story; I was always eager to find out what happened next. The atmosphere of tension and menace is extraordinarily well maintained. The author has created a fully rounded central character, Neil, with whom it's easy to empathize, and even the secondary and minor characters are well individuated and realistic. The narrative is greatly enriched by a wealth of detail, and one result is a great sense of time and place. This is not merely a crime novel; it's principally a psychological novel, played out largely in Neil's thoughts and emotions; and as such, it stands as a work of literature. Bravo!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)