Jon Clinch takes us behind the scenes of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", behind the main street of town, to the backwaters of life on the Mississippi. Huck's father, known as Finn to those who fear, avoid or tolerate him, is the focus of this novel and Clinch masterfully brings this sociopath to life. Finn is a character we all fear in our dreams, and a figure some of us have met face to face. Evil that Finn is, Clinch was able to evoke some small amount of understanding and perhaps pity in this reader for the character.
I do not want to summarize the book but will only say that the novel brings a reality and grittiness to the well known story of Huck Finn. Besides a thoroughly engaging story, incredible characters, and a look at the river culture along the Mississippi, this lyrical novel is as mesmerizing as a river flowing past. Highly recommended.