Jonas Hawke may be past his prime, a recovering alcoholic with bouts of crankiness and sheer orneriness, but he’s still a damned good lawyer. That’s why everyone in Beacon Junction turns to him for advice as soon as something goes wrong. And plenty does—murder, adultery, corporate conspiracy—everything you’d expect from a small, sleepy Vermont town.
When a mysterious stranger shows up to question Jonas’s handling of a 20-year-old murder trial, Jonas is forced to confront an ethical lapse in his past. And when evidence surfaces that a heart stent made by a local company may be doing more harm than good, he is drawn into an ethical quagmire that will determine how he’ll be remembered. Hawke’s Point is the story of a broken man who gets a second chance to do the right thing, a novel with a potent mix of complex characters, life-and-death problems to keep them busy, and a page-turning plot.
What readers are saying about Hawke’s Point:
“An inspiring read, Hawke’s Point was elegantly and tightly written and told a story not just of tense situations, but the people in them. Highly recommended.”
–Frances Carden, Reader’s Lane reviews
“This turned out to be something pretty rare: a thoughtful and thought-provoking literary novel with a genuinely interesting and suspenseful plot.”
—Noah W. on Goodreads
“What a storyteller; I loved this and was caught right up in it. Quiet, “normal” community with so much actually going on among a wide range of folks. Several lines rippled in directions I hadn’t anticipated, so that it became quite a page turner.”
–Constance Fullerton on Amazon
“Almost every day people are forced to choose between right and wrong. Usually these decisions involve minor issues, but sometimes they can be life-altering. Taken together, they define who we are. In Mark Willen’s new novel, Hawke’s Point, an accumulation of decisions, past and present, build characters who hurt, yearn, regret, and still hope as deeply as your wife, your brother, or yourself. They are real, which means as a reader I struggled with them in every choice they had to make…
Sometimes I agreed with what the characters did and sometimes I didn’t. But I was always intrigued and rooting for them to do the right thing. In this way, Hawke’s Point is haunting. Is anyone ever completely sure they made the right decision? I don’t know if Willen’s characters always made the right decision, but they gave me a lot to think about, and that’s the kind of novel I like. I’ll be thinking about these people for a long time.”
–Sally Whitney, The Blog
“Willen develops the story gradually, complete with twists (and a couple of knots) and ethical questions. Along the journey, he introduces each character as though he or she is a neighbor or co-worker. The main character, Jonas, is a wonderful combination of intelligence, sadness, trustworthiness, loyalty, and regret. He leads the reader through a set of circumstances that demands confronting the past while charging into the future.”
—KC Smith on Goodreads
“As Mark Willen explores life in a small Vermont community, he addresses large themes: guilt, forgiveness, familial loss, love, ethical dilemmas of many kinds. Vivid, complex characters like Jonas Hawke, retired lawyer and repository of many of the community’s secrets, engage the reader and move the narrative along at an energetic pace. This is a novel so rich in humanity and situation that the world of Hawke’s Point will continue to beguile long after the reader has turned the last page.”
–Margaret Meyers, Author of Dislocation and Swimming in the Congo
“Willen takes the reader to a sleepy New England town where a mix of ethical and legal problems wake residents to a new era…. Readers of all ages can engage with the retirees or corporate professionals or young adults who struggle on these pages to define themselves.Their stories read so true that I found it difficult to remember they are fictional.
–Diane Booth on Amazon