Book Review – In Dulce, Distrubed
Author: Tower Lowe
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Following up on a civil rights compliant regarding specialized education for a middle school boy, Cinnamon and her partner Burro Wesote travel to Dulce, New Mexico to investigate. Upon their arrival, however, they learn that the young boy they’ve come to help has gone missing. They also find the area educators to be less than cooperative when it comes to boy blaming him and his family for any issues related to his education. When a beaten body is found in the local cemetery, rumors run rampant that it is the missing boy and Cinnamon vows to get to the bottom of what is really going on in this small northern border town.
Tower Lowe’s, In Dulce, Disturbed, is a short story, but you would never know it by the depths of Lowe’s characters. Remember the early 1990s TV show, Twin Peaks, with its quirky characters, eerie and isolated local, and slightly paranormal bent? There is something reminiscent of that series in Lowe’s work. Consider some of the more interesting characteristics in “Dulce” – the main character’s name is Cinnamon – an unexpected name for a civil rights investigator – and what is the story behind her long lost mother who left her family when Cinnamon was just six? What is the deal with her partner Burro, whose visions are easier for him to manage with the medication? And what is with all the hostility from the locals at the school? All curious characteristics of a short but engaging story that I quickly found myself engrossed in and couldn’t put down.
I can’t wait for this to be turned into a full blown novel. Watch out David Lynch.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.