A Memory of Grief: A Zack Taylor Mystery (Zack Taylor Mysteries) (Volume 1)

 
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Troubled ex-con Zack Taylor is haunted by the accidental death of his brother years before. Zack's guilt and anger have pushed him into a shadowy, wandering life, with little purpose and few attachments. When he hears of the death of his close friend Ben Sterling, a supposed gunshot suicide, Zack finds he now has a purpose-- to find out what happened. Then his purpose becomes an obsession.
Zack goes to Maine, where Ben died, and is a fish out of water, with no connections, no information, and no credibility. People don't want to talk about Ben's death, so Zack gets ever more frustrated, making enemies, getting into fights, and breaking the law in his search for the truth. The only bright spot seems the potential for a relationship with a sympathetic nurse-- if he can control his violent streak.
To draw out the killers, Zack offers himself as bait. But without a gun, he must rely on his wits and his physical skills to survive a dangerous game of drugs and death. Though managing a measure of justice, Zack is changed in the process, and must learn to live in a very different world.

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Maine is a wonderful place, a land of mystery, magic, and madness. Driving there from elsewhere in the country requires that you first pass through New Hampshire--some sort of test. Maine is the extreme, almost-forgotten corner of the country, jammed up against Canada. Parts of it are years behind the rest of the country, and going there can be like going back in time, like a Twilight Zone episode about a place that doesn't change.
What happens in a place like that is great fodder for art, especially for writing. It is no accident that Stephen King was raised there, and has based so many disturbing tales in that land. And yet while I have placed the adventures of Zack Taylor in Maine, it is not the Maine of Real Life. No real persons are represented in these pages, and towns exist only as a scenic backdrop to the tale, not as the places they actually are.
While Zack's travails can be read as a ripping action yarn, there are also greater themes represented. A Memory of Grief is from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the most ancient recorded stories of our species. Gilgamesh was a king whose actions caused such a ruckus that the gods sent down a companion, Enkidu. After adventures, Enkidu dies, and the sorrow of Gilgamesh sends him off the rails. Zack is a flawed character, who finds that a life of grief and anger cause one to commit great harm, even while trying to do good. Doing the right thing may not be easy, but it must be done, despite the cost.

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A longtime follower of mystery fiction, the author has crafted a hero in the mold of Travis McGee, Doc Ford, and John Cain, a moral man at heart who finds himself faced with difficult choices in a dangerous world, and one at odds with himself and his new environment. Maine is very different from the mean, big-city streets of New York, Boston, or L.A., and Zack Taylor must learn quickly if he is to survive.

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