Little Faith by Michael Simon

For some reason Michael Simon’s books hasn’t been given much attention over here in Sweden. His first two books, Dirty Sally and Body Scissors (named Sweet Virginia in Sweden) where both translated into Swedish. I stumbled across them at my local library and I was absolutely engulfed in them once I started to read. The tone in them is dark and most interestingly; they take place in the 1980’s.

The plot

Little Faith takes place a few later after the events in Body scissors. It’s 1995, in Texas, and Dan Reles (from the earlier books) is assigned to investigate the murder of a former child star, Faith Copeland. Reles is a bit of a “black sheep” in the force; New York born and also Jewish, he stands out in Texas as a cloud on a clear blue sky. He quickly picks up the trail of Faith’s killer. As a former child star, Faith was a troubled girl without a stable income or plans for the future. She had grown out of her “cuteness” and was now an ordinary 16 year old girl.

The story is filled with action and it never seizes to be exciting. It’s not easy to predict what will happen next and as you might now by now I really enjoy that. There are a lot of things that’s going on at once but it’s not too much though. It helps if you have read the earlier books because the events of them play a part in Little Faith.

Narration

What is this? Well, I thought it would be interesting for you to mention the narration in this book since it is very interesting. I’m not sure how many of you think about the narration (which basically is the “storyteller” in the book) when you read. I know I didn’t reflect upon it much before I started to take courses in contemporary literature. The most common narration in fiction is from a third person point of view. He, or she, knows what the characters are thinking and feeling and tells the story without any personal thoughts or emotions. The second most common way of telling a story is from the first person point of view; “I was walking down the street when…” In Little Faith we find both methods which I find interesting. There are chapters told in the third person point of view and then there are chapters where Reles tells his story. I like this combination because it gives character to the text.

This might be unnecessary information but it might be interesting for you who like to dissect the text.

Final thoughts

I really enjoyed Little Faith and I must reread Dirty Sally and Body scissors again to refresh my memory. I also have The Last Jew Standing, the fourth book by Michael Simon, at home and I’m just dying to read it.

The style is rather dark and it reminds me a lot of Dennis Lehane (another author who’s books I really enjoy reading). There is darkness in them, an allusive “noir”. The characters aren’t perfect, they make mistakes and they have a lot of weaknesses. But somehow you sympathise with them.

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  1. Thanks! Your praise means a lot! :-)

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    24 March 2012 14:30

    Veronica