Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Writer Evokes Small-Town Life in '40S Missouri

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Writer Evokes Small-Town Life in '40S Missouri

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Most of first-time novelist Dave Gallemore's "Roscoe Hammer" centers on the boyhood of the title character in the fictional small town of Mitchell, Mo., about two hours south of St. Louis.

Gallemore has retired as a Texas business executive and lives in University City. But he knows his way around a small town, having grown up in Wellington, Kan., a town of about 8,000 along the Oklahoma border.

Let's hope that real-life Wellington was more peaceful than the fictional Mitchell. There, in the late 1940s, young Roscoe learns the identity of a killer. Even though the victim was the town bully, a murder is a murder and the matter rests heavily on the conscience of young Roscoe.

Young Roscoe moves on to law school and becomes the prosecuting attorney of St. Louis County. In that job, he begins to suspect that a woman who confessed to a murder was lying and the matter rests heavily on the conscience of prosecutor Hammer.

Yes, it sounds hokey. But somehow, Gallemore carries it off. Oh sure, here and there, the grammar, spelling and punctuation stray. And yes, he drops in a few bits of anachronism, giving the late 1940s transistor radios, Ford Thunderbirds and the St. …

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