Published by Little Brown and Company on February 7th 2017
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
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"An elegantly written, perfectly-paced novel about a man and woman indelibly marked by violence" (Ron Rash) set in a Mississippi town where drugs, whiskey, guns, and revenge explosively collide.
For eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sits in Parchman penitentiary. His sentence now up, Russell believes his debt has been paid. But when he returns home, he discovers that revenge lives and breathes all around him.
Meanwhile, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben holding a pistol and a dead deputy sprawled in the middle of the road.
With the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save—his own or those of the woman and child.
I have been eager to get a hold of Rivers, his post-apocalyptic debut novel, for I don’t even know how long. And now Smith is writing a book in my second favorite genre. And it’s blurbed by James Lee Burke AND Ron Rash! I need no other reason to get excited.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?
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