Willard is a tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from a slow death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his 'prayer log'.
Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, trawl America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate.
The spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick are running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/11/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099563389
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Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
A very dark, brutal and depressing novel, but well written and strangely engrossing. Basically, a bunch of characters in the midwest go around killing people (and mistreating women), only for their paths to intersect in the final chapters. I actually acclimatized to the violence, against my better judgement, and changed from viewing the omnipresent guns as a form of justice, rather than the dangerous weapons they are, so low were the personalities and so frequent the murders. Not exactly a bedtime story, but definitely worth reading.