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Billy Todd’s life is going really well, except for that secret thing he did that he fears might send him to jail. You will race through this short novel, as I did, hoping to find out what Billy did and whether he’ll be caught and punished.

My friend John Ford, a retired game warden and exceptional author and speaker, agrees. On the back cover, John writes, “I found myself following the story, as David has so vividly written it… The dark family secret is always lurking in the wind.”

You will find Dave Dodd’s novel, The Diary, to be very engrossing. It’s a good story, with an interesting ending, which I do not want to give away.

Billy ends up working for the Sheriff while in High School and takes a full time job there after graduation. He’s got a delightful girlfriend, a wonderful Mom and siblings, but his father has died and the family still misses him. When his Mom gets cancer, the story gets a little sad.

I especially enjoyed the ocean fishing Billy and his brother enjoyed in their small boat, and even Billy’s Mom and young sister sometimes joined them. Boy, did they catch fish!

You’ll be hooked by this book, but author Dave Dodd practices catch and release, so you need not worry.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.