From Mississippi Libraries, Summer 2007
North, Darden. Points of Origin. Jackson, MS: Ponder House Press, 2006. 337,  pages. $24.95 (hardback)
Arson, murder, blackmail … just a few of the events that occur in the small town of Larkspur, Mississippi. A native of Jackson, author DardenNorth, quickly dispels the myth that small towns are boring and lack entertainment. Several characters from North’s debut novel, House Call return to bring chaos to the lives of those in Larkspur.
Sheridan Foxworth III is the heir to the Foxworth fortune, due to the untimely death of his parents. Sher lives in the shadow of his father, Sheridan Foxworth II, who was a successful cosmetic surgeon until the Ridleys enter his life and tear the entire Foxworth family apart.
After several unsuccessful attempts to gain admission to medical school, Sher takes time to find himself. It is during his time off and due to a daring rescue that his life changes. He finds the girl of his dreams, the local librarian, and with her “help” finds himself on the local fire department. The knowledge he gains and the people he meets as a firefighter will serve as allies in his quest for revenge on the person who destroyed his family.
Through Sher’s experiences, many interesting characters of Larkspur are unveiled. Perhaps the most interesting character is Cordell Pixler, the local lawyer who is always looking for the next big ticket lawsuit. Many lives are connected and devastated because of him and their revenge is the common denominator of this suspense novel.
Readers of Mary Higgins Clark will appreciate Points of Origin as it is full of suspense and laced with humor which keeps readers engaged. Highly recommended for public libraries.
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R.C. Pugh Library, Northwest MS Community College