R.L. Herron’s Reichold Street Trilogy (Street Light)

Wartime is no time for anyone to relish in, and this is the third installment in author, R.L. Herron’s Reichold Street Trilogy in which I have not read the previous two, but after having read Street Light it is a must to go back and catch up on the entire series thus far. This is a bestselling quality book without question to me, but how it faired in that department in 2015 I do not know. And not being an authority on anything with fictional based aspects, I found it work wonders in the area of keeping my interest.

In fact, Street Light can turn anyone’s head around about the true values of storytelling, even about a history-based subject with characters to root for. The tale itself has its own twists and turns with the post traumatic stress factor of the Viet Nam war to being stalked by a murderer, which is where things come together by way of out of hand circumstances. Herron has a way of grabbing the reader and taking them all the way into the story, which is worth reading more than once because of its layers of interesting complexity which never bores, regardless of who is reading.


The story picks up where the previous two left off, with the Reichold Street Gang believing they had gotten completely away from the attempts to be ruined when the reality that they’re in danger on their own turf through the many lurking faces of evil, once it’s established by Herron where the trouble previously started. And that is what helped keep my interest on every page and compels me to read the first two installments, which the author deserves instant credit for. This trilogy is one of both war and murder, which to many can constitute the same thing but the distinction here is clearly where history and fiction meet with flying colors.

The only thing I couldn’t take away from reading Street Light before the other books in the series, is all the important ways to align the story in which Herron did cover some of in the third book, but the only way to truly understand and enjoy the overall picture is to start with the first book. I also learned that it’s obviously best to start at the beginning, but not being familiar with this great author, I’m glad I started anywhere in the series because this is an absolute masterstroke. 


The characters in the books, Donnie in-particular, are what keep it most interesting because of the comrades they are and it can even be detected in this third part of the trilogy, but it can’t stand on its own as well without digging into where it all originally started. The consensus after reading it, is that a package like this is all worth having in your library if you like compelling war and murder stories. R.L. Herron is the award-winning author to measure such stories by, which is just another thing I learned from reading Street Light.


Anne Hollister

Written by Anne Hollister

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