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Reviewed by Geree McDermott for Readers' Favorite
Junction by Cody Schlegel is about a drug dealer, Nick Harmen, who lives in a small town in Iowa named Junction. He supports himself transporting marijuana, but when a fellow drug runner turns up dead in the snow, his life changes in ways he could not foresee. Unaware that the local sheriff, who takes a piece of his profits, is responsible for the recent series of murders, Nick finds himself in a tight spot. Fearing for his freedom and his life, Nick flees Junction. But when he returns, he finds that the sheriff has made things even worse. Mr. Schlegel tells an intriguing story of drugs, lies, and murders in Junction with an unexpected ending.
Junction is original, plausible, and absorbing while it presents us with a bewildering insight into a world of conspiracy, secrecy, and deception. Mr. Schlegel weaves a stimulating, thought-provoking, and well written plot that engages us with believable characters sprinkled with ethnic contrasts, misdirection, and scheming. In Junction, we learn about the inner world of the small town drug trade as well as how marijuana is cultivated undetected on a large scale, about which most of us are ignorant. But, perhaps our most astonishing revelation is how corrupt and dangerous small towns can be, not only for the guilty, but for the innocent as well. Cody Schlegel’s Junction captivated my interest and kept me guessing, and I highly recommend it.