Neil Low: September 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sign of the Dragon

“Here’s the first thing I can tell you about Neil Low’s new novel: There are strong women herein. If you don’t like strong women or stories about them, find another book. The mood of this tale reminds me of the foggy, black and white crime movies of the period before World War II, and that’s not accidental. It’s clear that the author has extensively researched the Seattle of that era and makes that time real to his readers with deft, subtle touches. This story may humor you, and it’s likely to get your juices flowing. But perhaps most importantly, it’s going to make you think, because it has more twists and turns than the catacombs under Chinatown, which Low describes so vividly. And here is something else I can tell you. You will have to wonder if Low’s catacombs are real or if they are stuff of legend and myth. ‘Ay, there’s the rub,’ as someone else who knew a thing or two about telling a good story once wrote.”—Lowen Clausen, Author of River, First Avenue, Second Watch, and Third and Forever.