Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle
Reviewed by Tom Chiarella
"Here's a bad sign: The most compelling scene in Talk Talk , T. C. Boyle's new chase novel, is the first, in which Dana Halter, a deaf schoolteacher, is stopped for a routine traffic violation only to be arrested, jailed, and generally brutalized for outstanding warrants run up by an identity thief. Halter is so defenseless that her life quickly liquefies — job lost, finances ruined. Sympathy is a heady tonic, and the truth is, you do feel, in those first 15 pages, that this could happen to anyone, especially you." Read the entire Esquire review.