Now Deputy Sheriff in his new town, Turner seems to be finally escaping his past and creating a new life for himself. That is, until a routine traffic stop results in a young man being sprung from jail, a brutal assault on the Sheriff and Turner risking everything in his wild pursuit.
A novel as atmospheric and eventful as anything Sallis has written.
"The brooding atmosphere and depth of characterisation mark this as superior mystery fare." (Mail On Sunday)
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I just really like this James Sallis fella
This is my third of his after Drive and Cypress Grove and I have thoroughly enjoyed each of them. This is a crime story that doesn’t overly concern itself with the crime, but the characters affected by it. It examines past lives and the route that Turner and crew have taken to get to where they are today. Turner certainly has experience and his rag-tag band of co-sheriffs(!), cranky coroners and larder stockists all combine to paint a fascinating portrait of how outside influences affect a small rural community.
It doesn’t tear along from action scene to action scene, it takes its time but takes you with it. Sallis has a spare style that punches when needed and it fit perfectly. Looking forward to getting to Salt River.