Sunday, September 15, 2013
Small Kingdoms, by Charlaine Harris
On this particular spring Tuesday, Anne Dewitt was thrown off her regular schedule. Between brushing her teeth and putting on her foundation, she had to kill a man.
Got your attention? I would think so. This story has a lovely opening, reminiscent of my favorite start to a Richard Stark Novel: When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing a man. (Firebreak)
I have never read Ms. Harris before but as I understand it she had made her reputation throwing unlikely worlds together. Anne DeWitt is, of all things, a high school principal, but as you can guess from her ability to off a bad guy in her bathroom before breakfast, she has a past. The past not only explains her ease at handling a killer, but also the presence of the killer.
Besides transporting a dead body she also has to deal with unreasonable demands and criminal behavior by the shcool's star athlete. Fortunately she finds an unlikely ally.
Was this story a bit of wish-fulfillment? If every school had a staff member who could handle problems so efficiently, our academic careers might have been more pleasant. For the good guys, at least.