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End of Story
by Peter Abrahams
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William Morrow, 2006 (2006)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Ivy Seidel works as a bartender while she tries to perfect her writing skills. After she is asked to teach a writing class at a maximum-security prison, a whole new and disturbing world opens up to her. The men she tries to teach are violent and disruptive. But Ivy finds some talent among them, especially in the one who begins to be more than a student to her.

Vance Harrow, convicted of a brutal crime, reveals not only great talent but also aspects of his background in his writing. Convinced of his innocence, Ivy tracks down individuals whom she feels would have information for her. She reveals some of herself also, when she makes a disastrous decision that changes her life.

This novel proves the adage that bad things can happen to good people. End of Story is Peter Abrahams' fifteenth book. He writes in such a way that it is hard to put down his work once started. He knows his characters, and allows his readers to know them equally well. They are believable and likeable. Even grouchy Bruce, Ivy's boss at the tavern, surely has a counterpart in real life.

End of Story is a well-written book that keeps the suspense building right to the very end.

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