Mother's corpse in bits, dead dog on the roof, girlfriend in a coma, baby nailed to the wall - and a hundred tons of homicidal beef stampeding through the subway system. And Steven thought the slaughterhouse was bad... Cows is the long-awaited reissue of Matthew Stokoe's critically acclaimed debut novel.
Matthew Stokoe was born in England and grew up in Australia. Since then, he has lived in a number of places in between. He is the author of the controversial, groundbreaking novels, 'Cows' and 'High Life'; the noir classic, 'Empty Mile'; and the forthcoming 'Colony of Whores'. His books have been translated into French, German, Russian and Spanish. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
Empty Mile, Matthew Stokoe's third novel, received a *starred* review in Publishers Weekly:
"From the outset of this heartbreakingly powerful contemporary noir, Stokoe (High Life) gets the reader deeply emotionally invested in his guilt-ridden narrator, Johnny Richardson. Eight years after leaving his hometown of Oakridge, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Johnny returns to face the consequences of a reckless youthful act. Instead of keeping an eye on his then 11-year-old brother, Stan, during an outing to a local lake, Johnny slipped off with his girlfriend, Marla, into the surrounding woods. Left alone, Stan, a smart kid but a poor swimmer, suffered brain damage after nearly drowning in the lake. In the present, Johnny and Marla reconnect, but a suicide prompted by sexual betrayal leads to more deaths. When Stan and Johnny's widowed father disappears, Johnny must look after his brother on his own. Stokoe stays true to a bleak vision of the world as he enmeshes his characters in the kinds of tragic setups reminiscent of a Thomas Hardy novel."
Michael Connelly, Author of Nine Dragons, said:
"Beautifully written and deeply gripping, Empty Mile is a great read. I'm already looking forward to the next one from Matthew Stokoe."