Empire Falls by Richard Russo
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June 8, 2002
This book was almost one of the finest I'd read, almost five stars...almost. Had I not read the last fifty pages or so, it probably would have been, but like many books, the ending fell short. It seemed rushed, contrived, and with a touch of deux ex machina that left me feeling cheated.
If you are reading this before reading the book, I won't spoil the ending, but suffice it to say that the "bad guys" get their comeuppance and in almost Shakespearean fashion there's quite a body count at the end. As well, the end failed to resolve much of the characters's conflicts.
Other than the ending, the rest of the book was great. I enjoyed the characters and Russo's writing style was very smooth. This was the kind of book that was hard to put down, and even after the last page, it stuck with me. I enjoyed it a lot, but the end was disappointing. Still, it is recommended reading.