Denver, Colorado: Wooden Stake Press, 2014; $12.95 tpb; 256 pages
Okay, cards on the table. The author of Requiem in La Paz is a former colleague of mine, and I read an early draft of the book in manuscript. My name appears on the Acknowledgements page. So why am I reviewing a novel about which it might seem hard for me to be objective? Well, the answer is that I believe that readers of NYRSF will appreciate this small press novel and need to be introduced to it. After 40 years as a book reviewer, I think I’ve learned how to separate the personal from the professional. If I didn’t honestly like Requiem in La Paz, I wouldn’t review it, and the fact that the author is a friend doesn’t mean that I won’t point out its occasional shortcomings.