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Cripple Creek (The Turner Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

James Sallis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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'make[s] you raise your eyes off the printed page in silent admiration' Stephen Miller, January Magazine 'Spare but eloquent... [A] superior series'. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times


'make[s] you raise your eyes off the printed page in silent admiration' Stephen Miller, January Magazine 'Spare but eloquent... [A] superior series'. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802715206
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (11 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089NU0VO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Sallis, born in 1945 on the banks of the Mississippi river, is a renowned poet, critic, essayist, editor, translator, musicologist, biographer and novelist. Author of Salt River, Cripple Creek, Cypress Grove, Drive and a series of books set in New Orleans featuring private detective Lew Griffin. He is the winner of Edgar, Anthony, Agatha awards for best novel and currently lives in Arizona with his wife Karyn.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In spare, minimalist prose, James Sallis continues the story of John Turner, whom he introduced in his previous novel,_Cypress Grove_. Turner, a former soldier, policeman, convict, and psychotherapist, has left his job in Memphis after several traumatic experiences and moved to Cripple Creek, deep in the Tennessee countryside. There he seeks solitude and an escape from big-city crime. Because Turner is as enigmatic in this novel as he was in Cypress Grove, a man not willing to share his innermost thoughts with the reader or anyone else, the reader must piece together a character sketch from the clues Turner drops during the course of the novel.

A Memphis man arrested for speeding in Cripple Creek has been found with two hundred thousand dollars in a sports bag in his car. Jailed while he is being investigated, he has been sprung from the local jail by "goombahs" from Memphis, who, in a daring assault, have attacked and seriously injured the acting sheriff and the daughter of Turner's best friend. Turner, deputized, returns to Memphis for the first time in two years, asking for help from Memphis police and discovering that the "Aleche network" has been behind the jailbreak. By the time Turner returns to Cripple Creek a few days later, blood has been shed and Turner has made some serious enemies.

Though the plot is filled with violence and dark twists, these are not the primary focus of this unusual noir crime novel. Sallis keeps the reader firmly focused on Turner and his point of view as Turner tries to escape the demons of his past. Matching his own lean style to Turner's uncommunicative personality, Sallis is spare with details, sometimes dropping passing hints about his time in jail and his past police work though he does not explain them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars flawed diamond 3 Aug. 2013
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Cripple Creek is the second book in the John Turner trilogy and although best read in sequence can be read as a standalone. The three standout qualities of Sallis writing, in general, and which are all evident in this story, are his prose, his characterisation, and his atmospherics. Sallis is a poet and his storytelling has a wonderful cadence, his style is all tell and no show. The reader is dropped into Turner's world of rural America and its inhabitants, its sense of place and social life. Sallis has a keen eye for the human condition and the ways in which life unfolds. He paints a picture of Turner as an enigmatic man who cyclically creates moments of contentment that unravel through his own follies; a man reflexive of his own propensity to reinvent and self-destruct almost without effort. It's a compelling mix. On the other hand, the plot seems merely a vehicle for these explorations, and whilst interesting has gaping holes in it, especially with respect to police procedures: Turner is seemingly inured against the legal consequences of his actions and in Cripple Creek manages to kill a couple of people without anyone else batting an eyelid or even filling out a form. If the plot was as skilfully composed as the rest of the tale, the book would be a knockout. As it is, it's somewhat of a flawed diamond.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An unusaul read 17 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A good read, but not in the same league as James Lee Burke even though he has been likened to him. I found it slow in parts and a little disjointed. The character John is likeable & promises things that don't happen. Salis is obviously a great, accomplished writer but there is something that doesn't connect with me no matter how hard I tried to like it. It didn't stop me reading two more Salis books as they are relatively short. I liked the descriptive tone used to set the scene at the hub in the town & Jailhouse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lonesome Banjos 21 Mar. 2013
By Tony
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Atmospheric , wise and thoughtful . Americana at its best ! Characters ,porches and music . Enhanced my life by reading this . Wanted it to last for ever .
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