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Friday, February 19, 2010

Title: Not A Fire Exit
Written by: Christopher Finlan
Genre: Fiction
Soft cover: 234 pages
Publisher: Milverstead Publishing
Print ISBN: 978-0-9842847-0-2; 0-9842847-0-2
Price: $12.95 soft cover

Reviewed by Carolee Gearhart for

A book that'll make me reconsider a Yoo-Hoo as a must-have beverage has got to have something compelling going for it! More seriously, the book delivered a knockout punch that had nothing to do with the wildly entertaining Nolan's Knockouts and the ensuing jealousy/indignation of Jim's long-suffering wife Sarah. To get a gripping mystery that combined witty repartee and a romance was a rare treat. Ultimately it was the quirky and endearing Jim and Sarah that stayed with me, and reminded me what my truest loves have really been made of - the everyday, nutty likes and dislikes of the imperfect person you've decided you can't live without. Love, in all its permutations, is really what makes the world go round....and this book left that with me - both from its content as well as its objective in helping fight a crippling disease that hits children. Thanks on both fronts, Mr. Finlan!

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