The depth of place and character displayed in "The Last Good Man" intensifies the experience of Mr. Lyons' much-loved and wildly humorous first novel, "Dog Days." If you read that book, this collection of stories offers you the same, quirky humor, some of the same characters in different situations, and the short story that grew into the novel. If you have yet to read "Dog Days," I encourage you to see the reviews for Mr. Lyons' novel on Amazon.com. You will not be disappointed.
In "The Last Good Man," Mr. Lyons is generous. He invites us into the secret fears and desires of his characters; we move quite close to them. The stories deal with questions of separation, jealousy, temptation, selfishness, violence and corruption. Our nearness to the characters pulls us into these questions, and we come away asking what we might do in similar circumstances. These stories are about dark and edgy subjects, but they are not draining. Instead, they are accessible, provoking, even uplifting. After we read them, we feel better for having read them, we take them with us as we move through our day and, like a slightly mysterious memory, we hold onto them for a long time.