Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
A two-car crash next to your house at the end of a street which goes nowhere, and before the cops show up, you found and hid a charred suitcase and a heavy duffle bag among the dead bodies. After the cops left, a strange girl showed up at your door. Throwing caution to the wind, you both open the suitcase and the duffle bag to discover fourteen million dollars, a ton of drugs, and assorted body parts. What would you do? You'd dispose of the body parts, take the money and drugs, and run, that's what you'd do. So begins White Trash by A.L. Norton and Dell Sweet, a fascinating crime and cross-country chase story involving crime bosses, assassins, cops, and the stars of the show, David and April.
I've tried writing a novel with a co-author, but the differences in writing styles were a bridge too far, and we gave it up. In the case of A.L. Norton and Dell Sweet, it's impossible to determine who wrote what. The storyline is seamless from characterization to dialog to the fast-paced scenes and character changes. I especially enjoyed the dialog that was true to character and scene. White Trash is not a novel you read half-asleep. It demands your full attention to keep up with the twists and turns of the chase, but it's also well worth that effort. Character name changes within the story are generally a "no-no." Still, Norton and Sweet made this a central piece of the storyline, and it worked to perfection! Verisimilitude, a sense of reality, is important to me as a reader. The author duo proved adept at maintaining that trait through scene descriptions, language, and the violence that plays a large role within the story's context. A hot story that leaves the reader breathless. White Trash is a winner!