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St. Olaf College President Calls Fast Track An Important Story

2/14/2009 5:25:00 AM

by John DeDakis


St. Olaf College President Reviews "Fast Track"

 Fast Track 

By John DeDakis
(ArcheBooks Publishing 2005) 

I went to high school with the author of Fast Track. He’s now a senior copy editor at CNN, and this is his first novel. It’s fun to reconnect with him through his fiction.

Fast Track is a crime novel. It’s also, and mainly, a coming-of-age novel. The narrator, Lark Chadwick, was raised by her aunt because her parents were killed in a car-train crash when she was an infant. The novel opens with Lark coming home late one evening after work (she dropped out of college after three years and is working in a restaurant) to find her aunt dead of carbon monoxide poisoning, an apparent suicide. Bereft of all family, the 25-year-old Lark embarks on a journey of self-discovery by returning to the nearby small town where she was born to try to find out more about her parents. The more she finds out, the more suspicious the accident that killed her parents becomes, and that, in turn, casts doubt on her aunt’s death. Her self-discovery becomes, simultaneously, an investigation that yields surprising and disturbing results. It also leads Lark better to understand who she is, to embrace a vocation, and to create a new family.

There is an important story about faith embedded in this novel. Lark’s aunt was being counseled by an Episcopal priest, whose ministry to her and Lark leads to a revolt in his parish and teaches Lark an important lesson about forgiveness.

This is also a novel about writing. The vocation Lark discovers for herself is journalism, and it’s an investigative piece that she writes on her parents’ accident that solves the crime and brings the novel to its crisis. Mentored by the distinguished, but curmudgeonly, editor at her hometown newspaper, she learns important lessons about the techniques of journalism and about the ethics of reporting.

This is a tightly-plotted and well-written novel. You should read it.

David R. Anderson
President, St. Olaf College
 

 

 

St. Olaf College President's Bookshelf


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· Coming to Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference - St. Simon's Island, GA - 7/17/2011 3:28:00 PM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers (Philly area) - 5/5/2011 12:10:00 PM
· Meet the Author - 3/22/2011 4:11:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers Saratoga Springs, NY - 3/12/2011 7:46:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Florida - 2/5/2011 9:19:00 AM
· First Two Reviews for Bluff Get 5 Stars - 12/30/2010 6:06:00 AM
· Death Along the Inca Trail - 12/16/2010 4:29:00 AM
· You Won't Want to Put it Down - 10/20/2010 3:10:00 AM
· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Pennsylvania - 10/19/2010 6:02:00 PM
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· Page Turners Interview - 10/16/2010 3:35:00 AM
· Coming to Menomonie, Wisconsin - 10/10/2010 7:43:00 PM
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· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin - 9/14/2010 4:07:00 AM
· Coming to the Chicago Area - 9/13/2010 6:51:00 PM
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· BLUFF Goes Into Editing - 7/28/2010 5:01:00 AM
· Coming to St. Davids, Wales - 7/12/2010 11:34:00 PM
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· You Should Write a Book - Radio Interview - 4/26/2010 7:49:00 PM
· Prayer Breakfast Speaker - 4/1/2010 6:57:00 PM
· Coming to Chevy Chase, Maryland - 3/22/2010 10:43:00 PM
· Coming to Oxford, Ohio - 3/22/2010 10:13:00 PM
· Live Online Chat - 3/16/2010 3:22:00 AM
· Coming to Pompton Plains, New Jersey - 3/16/2010 3:07:00 AM
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· Coming to St. Simon's Island, Georgia - 2/27/2010 11:32:00 AM
· Fast Track Now Available on Kindle - 2/2/2010 9:04:00 PM
· Coming to The Writers' Institute - Madison, Wisconsin - 1/27/2010 3:03:00 AM
· Coming to The Writers' Institute - Madison, Wisconsin - 1/27/2010 3:03:00 AM
· A Delicious Recipe and a Great Read - 1/8/2010 4:09:00 AM
· Amazon Readers Love Fast Track - 12/27/2009 7:04:00 AM
· Coming to St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh - 12/13/2009 6:02:00 PM
· Catch That Book Blog Radio Interview - 12/13/2009 5:24:00 PM
· Coming to Masonic Home - Acacia Village - Utica, NY - 10/9/2009 3:55:00 PM
· Coming to Utica, NY - 7/17/2009 5:06:00 AM
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· Inca Trail Manuscript Accepted - 12/13/2008 3:55:00 AM
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· Coming BACK to Exton, Pennsylvania - 11/23/2008 6:47:00 PM
· Free Sample of Fast Track Now Available - 11/22/2008 9:33:00 AM
· Coming to Exton, Pennsylvania - 11/21/2008 7:05:00 PM
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· Coming to Ambler, Pennsylvania - 9/10/2008 9:07:00 AM
· Coming to Edgerton, Wisconsin - 9/10/2008 8:50:00 AM
· Coming to Belfast, Northern Ireland - 9/10/2008 8:04:00 AM
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· A Discussion of the Creative Process - 5/5/2008 4:37:00 PM
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· The New York Times Writes up CNN - 3/7/2008 4:31:00 AM
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Books by
John DeDakis



Troubled Water (Kindle Edition)

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Troubled Water

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Bluff (Paperback Edition)

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Bluff (Hardcover Edition)

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Bluff (Kindle Edition)

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Fast Track (Kindle Edition)

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Fast Track (Hardcover)

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