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By: James Anderson
Publication Date: 3/22/2016
My Rating: 4 Stars
A special thank you to Crown and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
THE NEVER OPEN DESERT DINER, by James Anderson, a debut of life, love, and loss. Full of emotion from witty to heartbreaking, the author takes you on a journey where people go to escape and discover.
Walt Butterfield is the diner’s owner. A customer. A junkyard Unitarian. The Well-Known Desert Diner, an odd shrine. Over the years it had become a regular rest stop. Walt kept the diner like everything else in his life in pristine shape.
From 1955 to 1987 the diner appeared in dozens of B movies. From horror-thriller to desert biker mayhem movies. Sometimes the owner Walt took down the Closed sign and unlocked the door just to lure people in so he could run them off.
Ben Jones is a thirty-eight- ear old trucker and traveling through the Utah desert. Ben’s Desert Moon Delivery Service, consisting of one truck, one trailer, and one driver – Ben Jones. Ben lives alone and has no friends—he comes in contact with the people he meets on his trucker route. This is his life as sad as it is.
He stumbles across a woman named Claire. He finds her intriguing. He thinks she is running from something—a past. A Secret. However, he is drawn to her, even though he feels like running—she is trouble. They fall in love and her past surfaces, causing all sorts of issues, crimes, and dangers.
What really happened all those years ago at the never-open desert diner?
From an eccentric group of characters, the author takes readers on a sort of mystery roadside adventure. Come along for the ride!
An excellent storyteller, an emotional, whimsical, and thought-provoking read—looking forward to more from this new found author. An impressive debut!