Robin Yocum http://robinyocum.com/books/ spoke at Thurber House http://thurberhouse.org/index.html (Columbus, OH) on July 6th, 2016 to a crowd of 200 fans. The weather was gorgeous and the temps just perfect for an outside picnic and book talk. Yocum spoke of his journalism career on the police desk at the Columbus (OH) Dispatch where he wrote about many local and state crimes. After a career in journalism, Yocum turned his hand to first true crime and then fiction.
Combine a coming of age book with a murder mystery, you get Robin Yocum's newest mystery "A Brilliant Death." Set in Brilliant,Ohio, it's the story of Travis Baron's search for how is mother died fifteen years earlier. Travis Baron and his friend Mitchell Malone seek out truth about her disappearance. Malone spins a tale of their friendship, their investigation, and the sad truth behind the death.
Yocum is a wonderful wordsmith bringing characters to life one descriptive word at a time. Yocum's writing isn't over wordy but to the point, drawing the reader into the investigation, into life in small town Brilliant which is full of secrets just waiting to be uncovered. While Yocum says his current works feature teenagers who search for answers to mysteries in their lives, he writes for adults.
Indeed, his stories are gritty, full of violence and heartbreak, and the trials of coming to age in dying towns in Ohio’s rust belt. A Brilliant Death is the perfect confluence of love, searching for the truth, and uncovering the past. Once you read Yocum’s newest book, you’ll wonder how you missed his earlier fiction, Favorite Sons and The Essay.