Wanted for Questioning

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The novel is set in Boston and Provincetown in 1973. Neil McGuire, a prison counselor, is haunted by the death of his younger brother in the Vietnam War. When an inmate Neil has been seeing in counseling is murdered, he withholds information from a state police detective. This deception triggers a chain of events endangering Neil and a woman he meets, a German divorcee with a troubled past. More
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About Tom Mitchell

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.

Reviews

Review by: I. Readalot on Sep. 22, 2011 : star star star
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)

Review by: WSpahn42 on Sep. 10, 2011 : star star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Chris Gallagher on Aug. 23, 2011 : star star star star
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)

Review by: Jackie Lee on July 31, 2011 : star star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michael Fowell on July 20, 2011 : star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: jpfoley on July 04, 2011 : star star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: englishmajorgeneral on July 01, 2011 : star star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

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