ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS LOVE CAN FEEL
is a smorgasbord of emotion. Love, hate, anger, indifference, angst, happiness, joy, disappointment–all these and many more bleed their way throughout these eleven stories. I found Max Everhart’s writing contagious; a first sentence, or paragraph–never more than a page–and I was drawn into every tale.
Most, if not all, of this collection is autobiographical to some extent. How do I know? I FEEL it! Father and son relationship is a common theme in several stories. The care for and bonding of an older brother with his younger brother; or a brother’s closeness and deep love for a troubled sister, are other paths threading through the pages of Everhart’s seminal work. A few times this former “badass” Marine found himself on the verge of tears.
The characters are wonderfully flawed and fleshed-out. The dialogue is sparse and real. The stories are raw with feeling, raw and intense and gutsy.
I became a big Max Everhart fan when I found and devoured his excellent mystery series featuring private eye Eli Sharpe: GO GO GATO; SPLIT TO SPLINTERS (a SHAMUS Award finalist); and ED, NOT EDDIE; and then his rough and tumble crime/noir novel, ALPHABET LAND. ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS . . . opens up a whole new facet of Everhart’s talent as a writer to be reckoned with.
I miss Eli Sharpe and hope to see him in future mysteries. But as long as Max Everhart keeps baring his soul through his words, I’ll be waiting in anticipation for his next book.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author for my fair and unbiased review.