“Half Moon Bay”

Half Moon Bay

“Half Moon Bay” is a first person narrative by Clay Edison. He lives in Berkeley and works in the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau. He shares his thoughts, concerns, and insecurities with readers. He talks about the world around him and surviving bedlam in the midst of normality. Edison and his wife Amy balance the demands of their jobs with the demands of their baby, Charlotte. The narrative has three distinct styles; Edison is exacting and professional when working, friendly and casual with friends, and panicked and nervous about being a dad. He comments about the world, and he talks to himself a lot.

Edison is called to a construction site on the Berkeley campus when the bones of a child are unearthed. Berkley is always in the midst of one protest or another, and this intensifies the demonstrations.  Events unfold in a linear progression with a few flashbacks to fill in details.  Edison is steady, systematic, and detailed as he searches for answers, meanwhile, projects halt, protests grow, and people hide secrets. The narrative is strengthened by vivid and exquisite descriptions of everything and everybody.

 “The sun sent up a death knell flare. Pale strip of hard-baked dirt ran toward the encroaching dusk.”

“Half Moon Bay” is the location where all the pieces start to fall into place. Edison always seems to be on the edge of chaos; however, this book is not anxiety inducing or traumatizing even though bad things happen. It is easy to follow Edison as he tries to do the best he can with wife, baby, and complex job. “Half Moon Bay” is book three in the series, but it is not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one.  I received a copy of “Half Moon Bay” from Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman, Random House Publishing Group, and Ballantine Books.