I first read T. R. Pearson's novels about North Carolina in the 1980's. They were fun, filled with rich language, and followed the meandering storytelling tradition of the southern U.S. In the past few years, he has started writing mystery novels. I was disappointed with the first one, Blue Ridge, but Polar is much better. He returns to his Southern narrative style, with long run-on sentences full of complex description. The hero is Deputy Ray Tatum of Virginia, who interacts with all sorts of eccentric small-town folks every day. In his search for a missing child he meets Clayton, a porn-movie enthusiast turned psychic, among other people. Filled with humor and tragedy, Polar is great storytelling in the tradition of Twain and Faulkner.
Prospector link: PS3566.E235 P65 2002