The small town where Turner has moved is the perfect hide-away for him to forget he was a cop, a psychotherapist and always an ex-con - until a body is found and Turner is thrust into the investigation and everything he thought he had left behind.
Turner slowly becomes reacquainted not only with the darkness he had fled, but with the unsuspected kindness of others.
©2003 James Sallis (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"An unsung genius of crime writing" (Independent)
"Sallis's deceptively easy style disguises the skill with which he has produced a satisfyingly complete portrait of a man's life." (Telegraph)
I just can't seem to make up my mind
This excellent book is a fine slice of Souther noir. It follows two plotlines, the story of Turner now and the story of Turner’s past which led him here. The trials have been hard, led him to both sides of the law and are proving difficult to keep in the past.
Salis writing is lean and tough, but beautiful. The story unfolds in its own time rather than powering between action scenes, but it is always moving and always riveting. Place plays a big role in the story and I am a big fan of a setting being a character, the rural American South having more character than most.
Cypress Grove has been a gateway for me into Southern/rural noir, from the similarly poetic Daniel Woodrell to the brutally intense Larry Brown. All great stuff and worthy of more exploration.
The narrator is fine, not excellent. A bit high pitched, but didn't distract from the enjoyment at all.
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