Finding Flipper Frank
Patrick M. Garry
Kenric Books (2014)
Reviewed by Ben Green for Reader Views (03/15)
“Finding Flipper Frank” by Patrick M. Garry is a tale of three unlikely comrades who decide to take a road trip from Montana to Baltimore, after the main character’s uncle dies. There is Walt, the ex-con whose uncle just died, Moira, a plain but attractive female, and Izzy an elderly gentleman who suffers from memory loss. Together they make a team whose adventures are certainly worth reading about.
The story really takes off when the team’s road trip is interrupted when one of them is arrested for past crimes. This leads to questions of honesty, trust, and forgiveness as the two remaining members of trio begin to unravel lies and investigate the past. The story manages to be both suspenseful and humorous while still maintaining an overall sense of suspense and dread. The characters all seem to be moving toward something, although at times it is hard to tell if it is a something good or perhaps more sinister.
Izzy's character is quite fun and his conveniently timed memory lapses and questionable stories really make the first half of the book a blast to read. This issue becomes a main plot point later on in the story, and discovering Izzy's back story is almost as fun as listening to him tell his stories. The romance that develops between the other main characters is predictable, but no less interesting. What I love is how Patrick's characters really draw you into the story. You get a real sense of who the characters are and they begin to grow on you with each page. The characters are by no means perfect, but their flaws make them even more interesting. Just when you think you have them figured out something happens and you are surprised.
“Finding Flipper Frank” by Patrick M. Gary is an excellent fast paced read which will captivate you early on and hold your interest throughout. If you like character driven narratives then you will no doubt enjoy “Finding Flipper Frank.” In the end it is a bitter sweet story about trust, forgiveness and moving on after life has let you down. The book keeps you guessing right up until the final page. I would give it 5 stars for sure.