The Quiet Streets of Winslow by Judy Troy begins with a quote from Leonard Cohen, “There’s a crack in everything. It’s how the light gets in.” Like Spinning Heart, the chapter titles are people’s names and the story is told from their POV. Unlike Spinning Heart names repeat.
Nate Aspernal has two younger stepbrothers, Travis and Damien. The two younger brothers find a dead girl, Jody, who is Nate’s girl friend. Nate is a prime suspect. The story is told from Nate, Travis, and Sam Rush’s (the cop) POV. Jody dates a lot of men, she is a free spirit, independent. She sits in their cars; let’s them buy her drinks, and fools around a bit. In a small town, everyone sees her. Her murder is shocking and foolish. It is the death of an angel. There’s lots of circumstantial evidence for a few suspects, but nothing hard. Travis is caught in the middle and it is his story that is fun for me as he is in school and his lessons about Robert Frost, William B Yeats, gravity, love are the most heart warming. Nate is just a troubled kid still at an older age. Sam can’t make a move to woo his lady and will probably lose out. Here is a good lesson, don’t worry about her saying no, because she might say yes as I’m sure Audrey Birdsong would. This is a story of the fear of hearing “No” so the attempt to hear “Yes” is lost.