, October 21, 2014
(view all comments by Terence Garth)
Close to the Broken Hearted is the second book in a mystery series set in Alabama. Hiebert captures the ambience of the south through masterful dialogue between well crafted characters. The shock of the opening scene is neatly balanced by the innocent antics of young Abe Teal and his buddy Dewey who attempt to investigate independently from Abe's mother, Police Detective Leah Teal. Hiebert explores the themes of hatred and forgiveness within a community, and the long term psychological effect of violence. A damn good read.