Picks and Pans Review: Safer

updated 03/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Sean Doolittle |

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REVIEWED BY JOSH EMMONS

THRILLER
Moving to a new city is hard. Just ask Paul Callaway, who leaves Boston one summer with his pregnant wife for a job and big house in Clark Falls, Iowa. By mid-December, Paul's wife has miscarried, he's lost his teaching gig, and the police have arrested him for manufacturing child pornography. Then his life takes a turn for the worse. Spinning the man-wrongly-accused premise into a meditation on what it means to be part of a community, Doolittle produces a smart, funny and powerfully suspenseful thriller. Sometimes, Safer reminds us, home can be the most dangerous place on earth.

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