Joe Hill’s Thumbprint
“You’d be surprised what you can do to people”.

I haven’t read or watched a lot of fiction that has to do with war. I’ve only really seen a handful of movies and the majority of them paint soldiers in a glowing light. I’m not about to sit here and criticize those who put themselves directly in harms way on a daily basis – a job I could never find the balls to do myself – I’ll leave that to others; others like Joe Hill.

The bulk of this story follows Mal Greenfell, a solider that returned from Iraq and is trying to adjust to life as a private citizen. Having died approximately ten hours before her arrival back in America, Mal’s father left her his home as well as his car.

Mal takes a job as a bartender and slowly realizes that she’s not the person she was when she ventured overseas, that her true self is who she is now – a careless and ruthless individual who isn’t above violence and theft.

Following the arrival of a letter containing only a single fingerprint, Mal begins to question if someone is threatening her. Given Mal’s sordid past, she may have created several enemies.

Over the past year, I’ve become a pretty big supporter of Joe Hill having read his novel, Horns, as well as his awesome graphic novel series, Locke & Key. I thought this was pretty average; not bad but not on the level that he’s capable of. That being said, I thought it was paced well and had a decently satisfying conclusion. So a solid 3 stars.

If anything, it’s a quick read and only runs you about 99 cents. Also, more Joe Hill is always welcome.

** There’s also an excerpt of Joe’s next novel, due out in early 2013, NOS4A2

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