Review by D.W. Jefferson
374 pages, 37 short chapters plus a Prologue and an Epilogue, The Biloxi Connection is another opportunity to enjoy David Mather’s unforgettable characters from Florida’s rural Big Bend region on the gulf coast, also known as the Redneck Riviera. This is another page-turner, leaving you wondering where the time went after spending a couple hours immersed in the story. And the chapters are short enough that you feel like you could read just one more! I strongly recommend that you read the whole three book series starting with Crescent Beach, followed by Raw Dawgin’and finally this volume. But this well-written novel also stands on its own very well.
Rusty, the now retired state trooper, plays a major role. In this book he goes after the hired assassin that killed his best friend. But there is a second major plot line involving Rebecca, the fourteen-year-old darling of Crescent Beach, who goes off to high school in nearby Perry. She meets Billy, the first love of her life, who introduces her to drugs, primarily opiates. She becomes an addict, sending her life on a dangerous, self-destructive course. Both of these plots are interwoven with the comings and goings of daily life in the small town with its full cast of interesting, believable characters.
Simply put, this is a fun read that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. The fact that a couple subplots are left unresolved, gives me hope that a fourth book is a possibility. By now the folks of Crescent Beach have become like old friends I look forward to hearing from again.
D.W. Jefferson was a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer in El Salvador (1974-76) and Costa Rica (1976-77). A blog about his Peace Corps years is at dwjefferson.blogspot.com. He is currently retired from a career in computer software engineering.