ALL THAT I HAVE by Castle Freeman, Jr.
â€ś Russians are from away, if anybody ever was.
But Lyle donâ€™t want to hear all that. He reckons heâ€™s a cut above sheriffing. Or, put it another way, he reckons heâ€™s a cut above sheriffing the way his boss does it, the way I do it. And Lyleâ€™s got an answer for that, too. Donâ€™t he just?â€ť
Reviewed by Lynn Harnett (JAN 15, 2010)
Backwoods â€śsheriffingâ€ť is a holistic sort of activity, bearing little resemblance to â€śpolicing,â€ť as most people understand the concept. Vermont author Freemanâ€™s longstanding rumination on the subject steps to the fore in this wry, dry, fourth novel.
Narrator Lucian Wing, sheriff of Ambrose and 17 surrounding towns, doesnâ€™t wear a uniform and he leaves his gun in his sock drawer. He does keep the countyâ€™s expensive shotgun in the trunk of the sheriffâ€™s car, but he rarely uses the car. â€śI like my truck. Plus it saves the county money.â€ť
Sheriffing, says Wing, isnâ€™t like car repair. â€śYou canâ€™t do it with spare parts. Itâ€™s a whole thing youâ€™re working on. Itâ€™s a whole thing you have to keep goingâ€¦.The sheriff brings law to people who donâ€™t need law. He enforces the law for people who donâ€™t break it, or not much. Sheriffing is like being the bouncer at the Ladiesâ€™ Aid lunch: when things are going normally they donâ€™t work you too hard.â€ť
But things are changing in rural Vermont like they are everywhere. Some rich Russians put up a huge sprawling hillside mansion and then hired local bad boy Sean Duke to do some roofing and Sean had the bright idea to break in after-hours.
|AMAZON READER RATING:||from 54 readers|
|PUBLISHER:||Steerforth (March 3, 2009)|
|AMAZON PAGE:||All That I Have|
|AUTHOR WEBSITE:||An Interview with Castle Freeman on All That I Have|
|MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION:||Read our review of Â Go With Me
Another “backwoods” type Sheriff:
The Double-Jack Murders by Patrick F. McManus
- The Bride Ambrose: Stories (1987)
- Judgement Hill (1997)
- My Life and Adventures (2002)
- Go With Me (January 2008)
- All That I Have (March 2009)