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Five Minutes of Blackness by Doug Smith

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Apr 25th, 2014
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For a great book that is both alcoholism fiction and a compelling mystery, you can't go wrong with

Five Minutes of Blackness by Doug Smith

This is a book that really has it all, particularly for someone who is in recovery and loves to read like I do.  I actually don't read that much in the way of non-fiction books so when I can find fiction books, and particularly mysteries and adventure books, that incorporate addiction, alcoholism and recovery into them, I term them multi-faceted winners.  Smith does this with Five Minutes of Blackness.  His main character, detective Jesse Collins, isn't quite in recovery at the start of the this book but that's what makes it so compelling.  There is a gruesome murder, a detective with a drinking problem and all of the life issues and consequences the go along with it.

There are many battles going on inside this book and within the main character and, as a reader, I became invested in all of them from the beginning.  As an alcoholic, I mainly just wanted the main character to get sober.  There is plenty about that struggle and about the beginnings of recovery to satisfy other readers with the same desire.    There are twists and turns galore here, and the ending is one that may keep you guessing and wanting more until Smith's next book is released - which will be sure to tell even more of the main character's "story".

“Sometimes the obsession is so strong, I would give up everything I have for five minutes of blackness.” -Doug Smith, Five Minutes of Blackness

Smith himself is in recovery from alcohol and drugs and it is clear through his writing that he has intimate knowledge of the disease and of the struggles of getting and staying sober.  If you are looking for some great alcoholism fiction with a ton of mystery and thrills thrown in, check out Five Minutes of Blackness:

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