Item description for Idiot! by Christopher Klim...
What is the value of one life? Forest ranger Thomas King is a severe dyslexic and perceived village idiot. Alone, he roams the Pine Barrens, hoping to save a failing town. Claire Wethers' children have been stolen by her ex. The former beauty queen privately drowns her fears in whiskey. Their lives appear as marginal as the bankrupt town, but when this unlikely pair merge paths, everything changes.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Release Date Sep 4, 2007
Publisher Hopewell Publications
ISBN 1933435232 ISBN13 9781933435237
Availability 122 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 22, 2017 11:46.
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More About Christopher Klim
Klim, as a physicist for the space program, worked on satellite planetary exploration, until departing for the commercial sector to help develop cutting-edge communications technologies.
Christopher Klim currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Christopher Klim was born in 1962.
When I first received Idiot! in mail, I was mildly disappointed as I was hoping for another Boot Means novel. It was a momentary thing though. I enjoy Christopher Klim's work. Idiot!, like other Klim's works (Jesus Lives in Trenton and Everything Burns), he always gives me something different than I would suspect.
This time Klim takes readers to the Pine Barrens forests of New Jersey and Cranfield Lakes. Fungus has killed the cranberry bogs, and the town is on the verge of going completely under and abandoned. You'll get a wonderful sense of the scenery without it dragging on and on.
The protagonist of the story is forest ranger Thomas King. The people of Cranfield Lakes have always considered him slow and a little more than slightly retarded, mainly due to his lack of social skills and his habit of collecting garbage from the forest. There are piles and piles of it around his little cottage deep in the pines, neatly arranged and noted. If I say anymore I will give too much away and I hate it when reviewers do that, but what Tom does with the garbage is noble and serious.
The town drunk is King's old high school crush, Claire Wethers. Her children were supposedly stolen by her ex-husband. I found it odd, distracting, and the book's major flaw that the townspeople have almost no compassion for Claire although the abduction was only two years prior. Maybe I watch too many newscasts, but here in Missouri, when children are missing for that short of time frame, there is still a vigorous search.
Claire and Tom team up unwittingly to save the Barrens from developers. The loudest mouth for a new strip mall and other development is Drew, Cranfield Lakes Police Chief and Claire's sort of boyfriend. Drew is a bully through and through; there is nothing remotely likable about his character, especially the way he treats Claire and Tom.
Then Tom makes a startling discovery in the forest at the site of an old forge, both he and Claire have something to fight Drew and his developer buddies.
All in all, Idiot! is not Klim's best, but still a worthy effort from one of my favorite undiscovered writers.
Armchair Interviews says: Interesting story that affects many small towns--not always popular development.