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John Aalborg is a traveling, card-carrying member of the working class who can write. Thanks to the invention of the portable laptop, he has been able to type his hard-boiled, originally handwritten crime novels into digital form. (Several of these books are also available as quality paperbacks at Amazon). Along with internationally published "over the road" articles (including NEWSWEEK and COSMOPOLITAN) Aalborg wrote the entire Axel McKay radio-play series aired coast-to-coast, numerous magazine publications of trucking experiences in foreign countries, and continues to write a monthly road column by "Mo'hammer and Cheater". Never boring and often controversial, Aalborg's pithy and morally suspect characters, both male and female, bring the reader into a world rarely seen.
Aalborg has spent his life working jobs rich in personal experience: three years living off the German black market and culminating in his being deported back to the USA (without his iconic, antique, Mercedes roadster); five years as a licensed locksmith in the City of Miami, where many of his less ethical assignments were for law enforcement; five years as an EMT for a rural Florida hospital and ambulance crew; many more years driving OTR (interstate) for long-haul trucking companies; and winter respites from the road by working the graveyard shift at local fuel-stops on exits off I-10, where he packed a gun and took care of his own law enforcement.
In other words, Aalborg can take you into worlds the average person would love to get a peek at, but preferably at a distance and in the comfort of an armchair.
on Oct. 15, 2011 :
'Harry And Ivory' stands on my bookshelf (Lulu.com) alongside my Steinbeck and Hemingway. Aalborg writes in such a way it is almost as if you were sitting across the porch from him, swapping sips of a bottle of moonshine and listening to him tell you about Harry and his obsession, the black as night Ivory.
This is a literary classic waiting to be discovered. The relationships it explores are as dysfunctional as they come but they are very real and very believable. If the reader was honest with themselves, they would admit they have had their own moments of indecision and personal torment, deciding between what is right and what is good for them, what they should do and what they want to do above everything else they have ever done.
'Harry And Ivory' flows. Each line, each page just flows along, bubbling under the reader in such a way they want to know what happens next, they must know. It is really a feel good story, told well and with heart.
(reviewed the day of purchase)