The old man hears them before he sees them, the three boys coming over the hill, disturbing the peace by the river where he's fishing. He smells gun oil too, too much oil on a brand-new shotgun. These aren't hunters, they're rich kids who don't care about the river and the fish and the old man. Or his dog. Red is the name of the old man's dog, his best friend in the world. And when the boys shoot the dog -- for nothing, for simple spite -- he sees red, like a mist before his eyes. And before the whole thing is done there'll be more red. Red for blood...
It's no secret that Ketchum is one of my favorite authors. He is a master when it comes to character development and delivering an interesting, well executed story. Red is one of those stories.
Avery Ludlow is a simple old man. He lives a nice quiet life since the passing of his beloved wife. He owns a general store and his best friend is an aging dog named Red his wife gave him.
While Avery and Red are out fishing, three teenagers approach and attempt to rob him. When they can't get what they want from the old man, they shoot Red out of spite. Avery seeks help from the authorities, but no one wants to do anything about it because two of the three teenagers are from a prominent family. After trying time and time again to get justice through the proper channels, Av decides to take justice into his own hands.
This really was a great book. It also contains a bonus story called The Passenger.
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