The Book of Luke

The Compass - - OPINION -

John C. Doyle — and tan­nin’ er for Panama.

All three — and a host of sec­ondary char­ac­ters — get tangled up in the plot. Turns out that An­ge­line is not re­ally an edi­tor, but is ac­tu­ally an, oh, I still can’t say.

Luke is more than a rhymester; he’s an ECO-poet who dreams of see­ing en­ergy-pro­duc­ing wind tun­nels in the South­side Hills, a dream that is threat­ened by Nathan’s an­nounce­ment to the Board of Trade that plans are in the works for a hu­mon­gous oil bunker in the Hills.

Stir the plot vig­or­ously for a cou­ple of hun­dred pages and you’ll find Nathan scur­ry­ing off to Trin­ity — nearby Lock­ston, ac­tu­ally — to play out the get­away scenes of his shifty scam. An­ge­line and Luke are on this trail.

There’s a Zo­diac sport­ing a pair of se­ri­ous out­board mo­tors tucked away in Lock­ston. It’s Nathan’s boat — I can’t re­sist this lame at­tempt at hu­mour — not Lukey’s.

If I say any­more I’ll re­veal the end­ing. Twice al­ready, I ’ ve al­most re­vealed An­ge­line’s iden­tity as an — ha-ha, not go­ing to hap­pen!

The Book of Luke speaks the truth. Just lis­ten: “ Luke knew that when things were go­ing re­ally well you should never strut around like the sun shines out your arse, be­cause whoop­sie — I say “whoop­sie” to spare del­i­cate and in­no­cent ears from the ac­tual An­glo-Saxon that Hopkins has used — hap­pens in a flash.” Id­den that the truth? I know The Book of Luke is a St. John’s novel — kinda — but I still find it un­for­tu­nate that most of the city ac­tion hap­pens on the har­bour side of the Basil­ica of Saint John the Bap­tist and the ad­ja­cent Rooms. I might have missed it, of course, but not once does any char­ac­ter visit The Mall or Wal-Mart. Sorta re­minds me of that Re­pub­lic of Doyle tele­vi­sion se­ries.

I can’t leave with­out quot­ing Hop­kin’s de­scrip­tion of busy hands: “... hands busier than a cat bury­ing whoop­sie in a mar­ble floor.” Whoop­sie! Thank you for read­ing.

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