Joe Hill seems to have inherited all the best aspects of his father's craft, while avoiding some of the shortcomings of the old man. Hill develops a more natural complexity to his characters, including the bit characters that his father would often have damned or sainted with binary simplicity. Hill gives them all a humanity and a mixture of blacks whites and grays that rings of authenticity.
While I'm seldom thrilled by female narrators, Kate Mulgrew's rendering of this book was wonderfully spot-on with extraordinary character definition and excellent nuance to both the motion and the emotion of story. Now I am looking forward to more great readings by her.
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