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by Reed Arvin

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ISBN: 0743409000
ISBN13: 978-0743409001
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Reed Arvin
Language: English
Publisher: Pocket Books; New Ed edition (November 5, 2001)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1140 kb
FB2 size: 1724 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 955
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I found out about this author by being offered a preview edition of a book he will be coming out with after the first of the year. I liked it so much that I decided to read this work by him and I am so glad that I did. The Will is a tightly crafted mystery that keeps you wondering how it will unravel as you keep turning the pages. Henry Matthews is an up and coming associate in a prestigious Chicgo law firm which specializes in corporate takeovers and such. He is being groomed in the job by a wonderfully manipulative mentor when he takes a call from Roger Crandall, the only son of the richest man in Council Grove, Kansas, his home town. Tyler Crandall has died and Roger's father was the lawyer that drew his will. He is also deceased and Tyler Crandall has left written instructions that Henry is to be contacted concerning his will. The document is in an envelope which states it is only to be opened and read when all of the heirs are present.
Henry heads back to Council Grove to attend to what he assumes is a rather mundane piece of tying up loose ends and walks into a life changing event. While the will contains bequests to his widow, daughter and son, they are minimal considering the size of his estate. He has left the bulk of it to the town nut case, referred to as The Birdman. Roger is beside himself as he had expected to step into his father's shoes and run the town as his daddy had. This is not a result he is willling to accept and he undertakes to contest the will.
The defense of the will takes Henry into a fascinating maze of relationships which draw the reader deeper and deeper into the secrets that the town has been hiding for over twenty years. Arvin's characters are well drawn, his use of dialogue is powerful and as the mystery unravels like the peeling of an onion, the reader is treated to one of the best books of this type that I have read in some time. You will not regret buying this book.
THE WILL is a complex story that defies simple categorization. It is nominally a legal thriller; its title certainly reinforces that impression but little of the action actually takes place inside a courtroom. The legal maneuverings instead form the basis for a complex tale that is part mystery, part political intrigue, part romance, part religion and philosophy, and primarily a study of human relationships and psychology. If you enjoy simple mysteries and action thrillers, this storyline may be too complicated and slow moving for you. However, if your reading interests incline towards stories with a more leisurely pace and substantial character development, then I highly recommend this book. I decided to read it after immensely enjoying the THE LAST GOODBYE (review 2/17/2004) by this author. While this differed in many significant respects, I found it to be an equally compelling read.
Henry Mathews is a young associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm with a high powered partner as his patron. His drop dead gorgeous girlfriend Elaine is on an equally fast track at her brokerage firm. Together, they seem to be the prototypical unstoppable power couple with everything within their grasp. Suddenly an apparently minor detour appears in Henry's path; he is notified that Tyler Crandall, the richest man in his tiny hometown of Council Grove, Kansas has died and Henry feels dutybound to return to unseal and execute THE WILL. It had been prepared by Henry's father shortly before he and Henry's mother were killed in a tragic automoblie accident several years earlier; its contents have remained unknown to everyone except Ty Crandall and Henry's father until this moment. When Crandall's family (as well as the residents of the town and several powerfully and poitically connected Kansans) learn that the estate was left primarily to a local resident nicknamed The Birdman (Raymond Boyd), chaos erupts! Ty's son Roger wants to challenge the will, but can only do so at great potential cost to both his mother and himself. Henry is forced to confront his feeling about his father's relatively unsuccessful career and his loss of faith resulting from the accident. (Upon the death of his parents, Henry had immediately left the seminary where he had been studying.) He can still recall his fear of and fascination with The Birdman during his childhood days in Council Grove. Now he quickly has to determine if he should attempt to enforce the provisions of a will that makes a multimillionaire of an apparently crazy man who has spent most of his life in the town park with a huge bird as his only companion and who had no known contact with Crandall. (I found Raymond Boyd to be a wonderfully drawn character, the gradual insights provided into his seemingly mad ravings with spiritual overtones were very well handled.)
There are an several intertwined threads to the story; a full description would both be beyond the scope of this review and also impossible without spoilers. The reader is soon introduced to Amanda Ashton, whose efforts to convince the Kansas legislature that she should be allowed to investigate the environmental hazards which old oil wells pose to local groundwater has raised the ire of Carl Durand, a powerful state senator with ties to Crandall and his son Roger. How their lives all intersect become one of the major threads in this novel. Finally, as Henry attempts to balance his time in Council Grove with his job in Chicago, a crisis erupts which forces him to reexamine his goals in order to avoid his own potential "moral deconstruction". The latter part of this book gradually uncovers the mystery that has lain hidden below the surface of Council Grove for decades and caused the mental anguish of Raymond Boyd. It is about how the cancer of lies can kill souls and destroy lives, and major segments of the book involve Henry wrestling with the deep spirtual emptiness that followed his rejection of a role for God in his life following his parents' death. The author handles this element incredibly well and I believe that it is essential to the storyline and enhances the narrative, but it certainly separates this from the usual action thriller.
This is a powerful story of how Henry's attempt to find redemption and perhaps even salvation for Raymond leads to new insights into his own life as well. There are some characters here who are as complex as the story itself; the reader comes to appreciate their struggles to overcome the roadblocks put in their way and the costly mistakes which they have made. My only minor criticism/caution is that while the action is almost continuous and often compelling, there are so many elements to this tale that it takes quite a while for them all to coalesce. Although this book is very differnt in plot construction than THE LAST GOODBYE. I found it every bit as enjoyable. The philosophical discussion of the characters' lives and the role of their ethical choices was an integral element in the richness of both stories; the major difference was the central role which the element of spirituality played in this book.
Tucker Andersen
Reed Arvin has done a great job with this novel. The story moves along at a steady pace and really picks up toward the end. As a matter of fact, there really aren't any slow spots in this novel, and that's a major accomplishment for a thriller like this. You really can't call this a "legal thriller", though some of the action takes place in the court room and the main character is a lawyer. It's not so much about the law as it is about the strange characters that populate the town. Each has their own little secret to hide, and most will keep you guessing until the ending. And the ending...what can I say? The revelations make everything make sense in a way that says "Ahhhhh, so THAT'S what was happening!".
There is profanity sprinkled unnecessarily throughout the story, but it's not to the level of some books out there. When it comes, it's from out of nowhere and it's strong. Be prepared.
All in all, this is a great story of faith. It was shopped in the Christian market before Reed gave up and went secular. Obviously the story got some extra treatment after that decision (the language and a sex scene), but it still retains a good "moral of the story". I enjoyed it much more than his other novel, "The Last Goodbye". I hope we see more like this one from him in the future.
I have rated this 2 stars because I did listen to the whole audio book as opposed to discarding it half way through. I did this only to verify who did what to whom. if I had been reading this book, I would have flicked to the last chapter and then tossed it. . Overall, dull, boring and annoying The author, Reed Arvin.... and the reader James Daniels have both been added to my list of names to steer clear of.
grand star
Fast-paced mystery which held my interest to the very end without knowing how it would end. It also showed compassion for the Birdman as the story gradually reveals his connection to the mystery. A real page-turner!