Nicely written but somehow unsatisfying as a thriller.,
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I was put onto this book after looking for good thrillers set in small town America. I find it a very difficult book to rate because on the one hand the scene setting is absolutely superb and you do get a real sense of place from James Sallis' prose. On the other hand however the promised tension and drama that you are led to expect at the beginning never materializes and I got to the end of the book thinking "is that it then"? The book also has a lot of literary name dropping which is good if you know your poets but a lot of it does detract from the story. You are led to believe from the beginning that the main character is a tough character like Andy McNab's Nick Stone but as the book progresses he becomes more of an intellectual dreamer. I would say give the book a try is you like word painting and want an evocative description of back woods America from the road. However if you are expecting a tense thriller you are bound to be disappointed.