Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog Tour: Moving Day by Jonathon Stone

Author: Jonathon Stone
Publisher: Thomas and Merer
Date of publication: June 2014

Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke—they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago.

When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the seventy-two-year-old Peke—who survived, came to America, and succeeded—must summon his original grit and determination, to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself.

Peke and his wife, Rose, trace the path of the thieves’ truck across America, to the wilds of Montana, and to an ultimate, chilling confrontation with not only the thieves, but with Peke’s brutal, unresolved past.

Moving Day was kind of a strange book for me.  I'm not sure I really understood the direction for the story. I ended up skimming some of the book.  I was expecting a thriller, but the story never became all that thrilling.  Essentially, Peke and his wife are robbed.  What results is a cross country fight to regain possession.  

The way Peke tracks down his stuff was pretty ingenious. So, I did like that part of the plot. I would have been happy for the story to stop there.  Maybe this one would have worked better as a novella. I say that because the ending was really strange.  Peke kind of goes a little psycho and I'm still not sure I understand why.  The book has received some great reviews.  I guess I'll have to chalk this one up as being not for me.  

About the author:

Jonathan Stone writes his books on the commuter train from his home in Connecticut to his advertising job in midtown Manhattan. Honing his writing skills by creating smart and classic campaigns for high-level brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, and Mitsubishi has paid off, as Stone’s first mystery-thriller series, the Julian Palmer books, won critical acclaim and was hailed as “stunning” and “risk-taking” in Publishers Weekly starred reviews. He earned glowing praise for his novel The Cold Truth from the New York Times, which called it “bone-chilling.” He’s the recipient of a Claymore Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel and a graduate of Yale, where he was a Scholar of the House in fiction writing.

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Jonathan Stone’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, May 19th:  FictionZeal
Tuesday, May 20th:  My Bookshelf
Thursday, May 22nd:  Back Porchervations
Wednesday, May 28th:  5 Minutes for Books
Thursday, May 29th:  Book Addict Katie
Monday, June 2nd:  From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, June 4th:  Mom in Love with Fiction
Thursday, June 5th:  The Reader’s Hollow
Friday, June 6th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, June 9th:  Bookish Ardour
Tuesday, June 10th:  Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, June 11th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Thursday, June 12th:  Daily Mayo
Monday, June 16th:  Literally Jen
Tuesday, June 24th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.