I am not ready to give up the pool yet, so it is wetsuit time, though it’s a short suit. While the water is “heater warm,” the air is not. Thus I head to the pool steps looking like I am ready to hit the waves. This is the time of year when I start thinking that I will be able to enjoy the water for many more months, but in reality, there’s a week or two left of this pure joy. In between playing with barbells and leg weights doing water aerobics, I read. I was completely captivated by THE PRESERVATIONIST by Justin Kramon, a great psychological thriller where the story unfolded right to the last page. In many books these days, the action moves for 2/3, and then the last 1/3 is either a race to the finish or soooo poorly crafted that it becomes a disappointment. Instead, here readers get a satisfying wrap-up to the action as Justin kept it pumping right to the end. I loved the way the story shifted around, spinning the plot from one plausible scene to another. Who to trust? Who is the villain? The roots of where each character comes from so clearly influence the action. And the way the action shifts around is so well done. Justin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a newish talent with just one other book, FINNY.