Wright for America by Robin Lamont
Review by Chuck Rounds
Wright for America, by Robin Lamont, is a wonderful exploration through the worlds of politics, greed, deception, and revenge. The book grabs you at the beginning and urges you to keep reading. The plot, characters, and devices are all well thought out, and her descriptions within this world are intimate and textured. It was great to be able to read this novel.
Maren Garrity is a part time actress, part time private detective, and part time avenger for her brother. She goes to great lengths to intimate herself with an ultra conservative radio host, Pryor Wright, whose ultra conservative rhetoric incites anger, rage, and even violence to anyone that is not considered “right” with Wright’s version of America. She wants to somehow gain satisfaction by finding a way to teach him a lesson. It is a lesson that will never be learned, but satisfaction does come, and along the way we get to experience a lot of fun and suspense.
Garrity’s life is already complex…she leads a life with many facets, and she does her best to keep the facets separate, but this book wouldn’t be any fun if everything was neat and tidy…her life gets very messy as all of the different areas of her life spill over into one another.
It is interesting to read of the varied life of the main character and see the various ways in which Lamont’s own life is reflected in her.
From the website…Author Robin Lamont’s diverse careers as actress, private investigator, and prosecutor all served as inspiration for Wright for America. She performed on Broadway in several shows, including the musical Godspell, and her original cast recording of “Day by Day” has drawn fans from around the world. As a day job, she worked at a private investigations firm that hired actors as undercover agents to ferret out producers of counterfeit products. Robin’s first novel If Thy Right Hand was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards and named Best of 2011 by Suspense Magazine.
So much of the book reflects the idea that words have incredible power…words can inspire, move, intimidate and outrage. Words can move people to revolt or to love, but words are powerful things. And in America, we always tout our first Amendment rights about freedom of speech, but we don’t dwell on the idea that speech has consequences, and what we say does affect others.
Wright for America is a good book and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading other books of Lamont.