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On Holiday with Old Scratch- a book review

With his third book, No Tears for Old Scratch, Ken Wohlrob takes us and his protagonist, Biff [*-----------] (surname ungiven and possibly unpronounceable), on a bus ride out of New York City. The destination is Knob's End, given the title *The Holiest Town in America* because of its community effort, "The Graveyard of the Innocent." Outsider Biff immediately raises suspicion in the townsfolk, who want to keep their secrets unearthed. Being a British, fedora-wearing, irreverent, old codger, he cannot help but to attract attention. In stark contrast to Knob's End denizens, readers mostly gravitating to Danielle Steele and The Bible, Biff is erudite. He enjoys insulting them with Shakespearian quotes and even calls a cockroach Gregor.

As a self-proclaimed salesman, he has traveled extensively. Yet presently, he begins to wonder if he is becoming obsolete. Doubt and shades of an identity crisis seem, at first, to have him on a purgatorial journey, but his endless roami…