“Myers” is a murder mystery that is less about “who done it” than it is about exploring the trauma of a world still reeling from the fallout of World War II in an American town that has yet to resolve the fallout of the Civil War. The author writes with an excellent sense for tension and humanity with such attention to detail that readers can imagine the choking, claustrophobic lives led by wives of war-traumatized veterans. There is a distinct sense of time in the book, which works to its overall advantage. In “Myers,” 1955 comes to life in a profound way.

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