Grant Randall Logan IV closed down the Baxter Plant of
Logan Textiles moving the factory to Costa Rica where labor
is cheaper. The decision left 283 people out of work with
few prospects. Some had put in three decades of loyalty
only to be left with nothing except bills, bitterness, and
beloved family members with no future.
Wayne Purdy, an adult child of a displaced worker,
thirsts for vengeance against G. R. IV. He blames the cold
magnate for his dad's death not long after the plant shut
down. Wayne's world consists of an icon etched into his
brain of he holding his mother and younger sister at their
father's funeral with not even a condolence note from G. R.
IV. However, is his obsessive ire enough to cause him to
go over the edge and actively avenge his father and other
family members starting with a kidnapping? Or is one of
the other victims of the plant closing behind the attempts
to get back at the seemingly insulated G.R.?
As with the first Baxter novel, TESTED WITH FIRE, DAY
OF RECKONING is a fascinating tale overpopulated with too
many secondary characters, yet readers will enjoy the basic
story line. The well-written plot shows the aftermath of a
bottom line decision on the people of a small factory
town. Though lacking the bite of Michael Moore's Roger and
Me, Kathy Herman's second Baxter novel is an insightful
tale that is at its best when the author empowers her
audience to see deep into the souls of her distraught cast.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 7, 2002