Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | October 21, 2012

A Fully-Polished Diamond

This is my review on Larry Enright’s book, A Cape May Diamond.


Reading “Four Years from Home” introduced readers to Larry Enright’s character, Tom Ryan. He was not a likable person, but was so well-drawn, that I was intrigued. By the time I completed the book, I had mixed emotions about Tom. He was a complex, believable, man.

In Enright’s newest book, “A Cape May Diamond”; Tom Ryan is again the protagonist; a wisecracking, hard-edged person, but with some of the sharper corners worn off. He sometimes tries to hold back his nastier comments.

Legend has it that Cape May Diamonds, which are actually pieces of quartz, are washed down from the upper Delaware River in a journey that takes a thousand years. They are smoothed and polished by the abrasions from their trip.

These polished bits of quartz, sought by beachcombers, form Enright’s central symbol. Other reviewers have provided extensive synopses, I will simply say that the character of Tom Ryan and the supporting cast in “A Cape May Diamond” make the book one to put on your shelf, next in line.

Good job, Mr. Enright.


  1. Good review Thomas. I have the book but haven’t read it yet. I need to do that “-)

  2. Thanks, Tom. I appreciate the great review!

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