In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends - mostly poor cotton farmers - form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech, to punish the townspeople they believe responsible. The hooded members wage a bloody year-long campaign of terror that culminates in a massacre where the innocent suffer alongside the guilty. Caught in the maelstrom of the Mitcham war are four people: the aging sheriff sympathetic to both sides; the widowed midwife who delivered nearly every member of Hell-at-the-Breech; a ruthless detective who wages his own war against the gang; and a young store clerk who harbors a terrible secret.
Based on incidents that occurred a few miles from the author's childhood home, Hell at the Breech chronicles the events of dark days that led the people involved to discover their capacity for good, evil, or for both.
©2008 Sandi Ault; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” Steinbeck
This novel transports you to the turn of the 20th century (late 1890s) in backwoods lower Alabama in a story of a small-time alcoholic sheriff, a borderline psychopath vigilante, a recently-rich redneck with daddy issues on an ego trip and a class conflict involving a gang of country rubes who don't care for them cityfolk from Grove Hill.
All started by a teenage boy who fancied a bite of the forbidden fruit and, as a consequence, made a mistake with such far-reaching, dreadful consequences.
It's really good but it never grabbed hold of me.
I'm That Guy
A great book, with excellent character building and really nicely done descriptions of people, places and feelings. A little slow in the beginning. In fact, I sort of let it sit for about a week in the beginning after the first few chapters, but came back to it later. It seemed to get better as it went along.
Did have one issue though. It seemed a few chapters were left out and added later. It thought it was a little strange that the book was winding down and I still had almost 4 hours showing left on my Samsung Fascinate. Well the story ended and then started back up on the chapters that were left out of the middle of the story. But all and all a really good story.
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