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  • ISBN: 1852428066
  • Author: George P. Pelecanos,Newton Thornburg
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; Main edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • ePUB size: 1937 kb
  • FB2 size 1391 kb
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Newton Thornburg was born in Illinois in 1930. He was a creative director for various advertising agencies and, since 1973, has been a full time novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of ten novels including Knockover, To Die in California, Black Argus and Dreamland. The father in To Die in California is David Hook, a well-to-do Illinois farmer.

But David knows something else must have happened in California to lead to Chris’s death. Diving into his son’s life, David discovers political corruption, immorality, and evil that shocks him to his very core. But it also awakens something lurking within, something David enjoys. something that poses an even bigger threat to those who hurt his son.

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He also knows that he must go West to find out what did happen.

Select Format: Hardcover. He also knows that he must go West to find out what did happen. ISBN13:9780380000012.

To die in California. by. Thornburg, Newton. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Born in Harvey, Illinois, Thornburg graduated from the University of Iowa with a Fine Arts degree. To Die in California, 1973; Consortium Book Sales & Dist, 2002, ISBN 9781852428068. He worked in a variety of jobs before devoting himself to writing full-time (or at least in tandem with his cattle farm in the Ozarks) in 1973. Cutter and Bone: a novel, Popular Library, 1976

To Die in California. The police call on David Hook at his farm in Illinois, telling him his son Chris has committed suicide. Diversion Books eNewsletter. Newton Thornburg, Valhalla. Thank you for reading books on GrayCity. David doesn’t believe them, he can’t. He knows something else must have happened in California to cause Chris’s death. Diving into the life of his son, David discovers corruption, immorality, and evil that shocks him to his very core, but it also awakens something lurking within, something he enjoys, something that poses an even bigger threat to those who hurt his son. Connect with Diversion Books. Published 1973 by Little, Brown in Boston.

Informed by the police that Chris, his son has committed suicide, David Hook, an Illinois farmer, knows that this cannot be true. He knows that something else must have happened in California to cause the death of Chris, who loved life too much to take his own. He also knows that he must go West to find out what did happen. In California he discovers corruption, immorality and pain that shocks him to the very core of his being but he also discovers exhilaration and pleasure that changes him forever. First published in 1973, To Die in California sold over 300,000 copies in its previous Avon edition.

Born in 1929, Newton Thornburg is the author of ten novels including Cutter and Bone, made into the film Cutter's Way starring Jeff Bridges and John Heard. He now lives in Washington State.

Also available by Newton ThornburgCutter and BoneTP $14.00. 1-85242-676-4 CUSA

Comments: (7)
Some period novels, when read decades later, appear horribly dated, but others wind up even more timely today than when they were written. A good example is Newton Thornburg's "To Die in California," a Vietnam-era story of a father searching for the truth about the death of his son. The book has a political subtext that may not have been fully understood in 1972, before Watergate turned political scandals into mainstream news, but it registers powerfully today.

The father in “To Die in California” is David Hook, a well-to-do Illinois farmer. His 19-year-old son Chris was facing the draft with a low lottery number and decided to take a few months to hitchhike across country (back in the days when this was a common rite of passage for youths of that age). A few months later, Chris turned up dead, an apparent suicide. A wealthy young woman picked Chris up while hitchhiking and took him to her cliffside house high above the ocean. According to the woman, Chris felt guilty because he was unable to cut the mustard in bed with her, became depressed, and jumped off the cliff. David is unwilling to accept this version of the facts and flies out to California to investigate. Not surprisingly, he discovers that the truth is somewhat more complicated than the initial story. Specifically, the woman who picked Chris up is also the mistress of a rising, charismatic politician, and the official story appears to be a cover-up to keep the politician out of the news.

“To Die in California” is generally classified as a mystery, and, to be fair, the main storyline involves David’s attempt to find the truth about what happened to his son. But to call the book a mere mystery is akin to calling “Hamlet” a murder mystery for the same reason. There’s not a lot of high-level investigation in “To Die in California”; instead, David’s method of investigating is to keep pressing the main characters to admit to their involvement. It’s basic, but it works, just as similar tactics worked for the investigator in “Crime and Punishment,” a work that “To Die in California” channels in various ways.

Most readers won’t have a great deal of difficulty figuring out what really happened to Chris, but some might want to skip the rest of this paragraph, as it veers close to being a spoiler. “To Die in California” is actually a classic tragedy. There are no real villains here, just some decent but flawed people, who make the wrong decisions under pressure. And a large part of the rationale for making those wrong decisions is the idea that advancing the career of a politician who “makes a difference” is worth bending or breaking the law. Reading the book is a sad but powerful experience, a reflection on morality and politics that’s as relevant today as it was four decades ago.

Newton Thornburg wrote several novels over the forty years before his death in 2008, but he’s largely forgotten today. That’s a shame, because his prose, although verbose at times, is quite powerful. He also creates some good, suspenseful scenes, such as one in which David goes on a fishing trip with the politician and one of his flunkies and he, as well as the readers, wonder if and when the politician will try to arrange an accident for the farmer turned detective. There’s even an interesting subplot, as it turns out that David had spent time in Santa Barbara immediately after World War II in the company of an older woman who was his first real lover. In his mind, David keeps coming back to his own experiences and contrasting them with what happened to his son.

Some people may find “To Die in California” a bit slow moving and, in all honesty, some of the scenes do go on too long and stretch credibility somewhat. But the book certainly resonated with me (I was about the same age in 1972 as Chris was and faced the prospect of the draft as well), and both the themes it raises and the political intrigue are probably timeless. For younger readers, this book gives a good feel for the Vietnam era, while for older ones it will bring back some possibly not-so-fond memories. For those of any age, however, “To Die in California” is a darn good read.
the monster
This is perhaps the most brutally bleak crime novel/family drama I've ever read, and easily one of the best. It examines the nature of grief and anger better than many books in any genre, and takes the truism that no good deed goes unpunished to its logical, excruciating conclusion.
I thought the day of never-ending sentences ended a hundred years ago. This author has a talent for never-ending and rambling sentences. Do the amount of words in a sentence really matter?
Bought it for the cover illustration, read and enjoyed, found it hard to put down
enjoyed it. Kept wondering what was going to happen next.
Very disappointing finish
Fun read.
Thirst for the "good old day's" kept me wanting to see what happened and what dated reference he was going to use next. It was a standard mystery with the girl and the political bad guys, and the dumb jock, but the reference to old TV shows that are now ancient, and ethnic catagorizing were a delight. So many memories....
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