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The Tavernier Stones - Stephen Parrish It's a good book. I was struggling with interest for the first half, primarily because I found every one of the characters to be, at best, remarkably unpleasant. At least one character (usually more) is one or more of the following: embezzler, vigilante, adulterer, murderer, thief, burglar, defiler, rapist, idolator, fornicator. And then there is the ineffectual one.

Once I focused on the plot, I liked it.

Early on, it reminded me of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" -- a movie I hated. Good guys should be good (in the opinion of a 12-year-old me). The more-than-12-years-old me is somewhat (but only somewhat) more tolerant of moral frailty.