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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
The Interview (Country On Fire) by Lazarus is a provocative novella portraying the social issues of racial discrimination that is currently rampant in our nation. Shawn Thomas's father was a hard-working man who taught Shawn to respect law enforcement, that their presence was necessary to keep a semblance of order. Pulled over for a minor traffic violation, and after a one-sided altercation on the police officer's part, the police officer shot and killed Shawn's father. The officer's unprovoked action warped Shawn's image of the police force in general. Because of his distrust of law enforcement officers, Shawn is invited to join a select group of dissenters who intend to bring about social change. Attending a protest that gets out of control and turns into a violent riot, Shawn isn't surprised when Atlanta police officers appear at his door the following morning. However, during the inquiry, Shawn is having trouble with his memory. Did he do something bad? Or are the police using him as the fall guy?
Dealing with the present-day social issues of police brutality and rioting, The Interview (Country On Fire) by Lazarus is a profound novella that depicts the issue in an intriguing and brilliant story. With such a controversial subject, the account is compelling and thought-provoking. I applaud the author for being brave enough to broach the topic. I appreciated that each character's race was elusive, letting the reader recognize their own assumptions. Illustrating the aspects of good and evil prevalent in every facet of society, it is a novella that will interest those who like reading controversial fiction.