I knew in advance the subject of the novel. A quick glance at the cover (which I need to scan since it is not available online) will alert anyone to the fact that the main character, one Ben Wolf, is given about a year to live after a routine physical turns up a blood disease. Ben decides not to tell anyone of the diagnosis. Instead, he intends to make the most of the time he has left. With help from some unlikely sources, including someone named Hey-soos and the town drunk Rudy, Ben discovers much about himself and his classmates, family, and the lovely and wonderful Dallas Suzuki.
After more than a quarter century in the business, Crutcher still manages to surprise this jaded reader. DEADLINE is absorbing, moving, hysterically funny, and food for thought and debate. In other words, all we have come to expect from Crutcher. He pulls no punches; neither do his characters. One thing you can count on here: the truth will be told, at least the truth as all concerned see it. What is THE truth? That, of course, is up to the reader.
And here is the cover. One of my students told me it was on his website (duh, Teri!).