A noirish crime novel set in rural Arkansas from award-winning author C. B. McKenzie.
Bob Reynolds doesn't recognize the body in the creek, but he does recognize the danger of it. He's a newcomer to town, not entirely welcome and not entirely on good footing with the sheriff. So far he's kept his head down, mostly over the bar at the Crow's Nest. But he has interests other than drinking and spending his inheritance, including one that goes by the name Tammy Fay Smith and who may have caught the sheriff's eye as well.
Bob Reynolds would rather pretend he never saw the body, but when it disappears he begins to doubt what little he knew about this secretive town, one that seems to become more unwelcoming by the day. But he can't just forget the body, despite the advice he's given to do so and despite the evidence to suggest that he might be disappearing along with it.
Following his acclaimed, Edgar-nominated debut, C. B. McKenzie's Burn What Will Burn will appeal to fans of such literary crime authors as Daniel Woodrell, Tom Franklin, Joe R. Lansdale, and Nic Pizzolatto.
©2016 C. B. McKenzie (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
This was not a bad book, but the story was not my style. I agree with another reviewer that this story is more "noir" -- not so much "mystery / thriller". McKenzie is an excellent writer with interesting, quirky characters, and I listened to the end. I will absolutely try out his next book.
My desire when I started this book was a continuation of "Bad Country" which was one of my favorite "thriller whodunnit" books last year. My expectations are not fair to McKenzie, but I loved the main character in his first book, Rodeo Grace Garnet.
The narrator did a great job as I felt I was in Arkansas among a diverse group of characters.
After listening to C.B. McKenzie's first book, Bad Country, I was keeping an eye out for his next book. So when I saw Burn What Will Burn, I snapped it up.
I thought Burn What Will Burn was going to be mystery/thriller, but no -- it was more of a slightly-noire novel, and that's a good thing because mystery/thriller books tend to be formulaic, and BWWB was anything but formulaic.
Pros -- great prose, richly-construed characters, not predictable, excellent narration.
Cons -- I could have listened to a couple more hours of the book, but hey, when a story ends, it's over. ;-)
CB has become my favorite writer! CBM's characters are reliability colorful, quirky and engaging. And this story is no different with its oddly appealing main character. Great story with a twisty path to the finish.
The narration was excellent! He effortlessly gave life to the various characters and made the book a pleasure to hear. So engaging was the narration that I had to turn it off one day while driving. Usually I can switch focus pretty easily between book and critical driving moments, but I found myself driving distracted and that's no good for anyone!
In short, I highly recommend this book!
So, I got immediately that the main character was an outsider in "Bohunk, USA" but unlike his first book where his protagonist was a self-imposed outsider to the contemporary Native American culture of Tucson, AZ, C.B. McKenzie's Bob Reynolds seems to be editorializing on a whole faction of rural Americans to the detriment of the novel. Clearly, we were meant to like the kid that fed his chickens--and no one else! I loved the IDEA of the fecklessness of the main character--a trust fund baby, poet on psych meds, diminutive in stature, sexually attracted to trouble, and so forth. The realization of these qualities, wrapped around a murky plot, didn't make for an interesting story. And everyone repeated his name ad nauseum like they were all mentally defective. (To be accurate, two of the characters were presented as having diminished mental capacity.) Yes, I loved Winter's Bone, but the protagonist in that story had drive and, dare I say it, gumption.
The bald spot. Then, after numerous references, the bald spot.
If I was directing Mr. Shaw, I would have asked him to dial back the gruff growl in his voice a bit. It just seemed to underline that which did not need underlining.
Oh sure, why not? Paul Giamatti comes to mind. Maybe a film would transcend the source material for once.
Haven't I said enough? Excuse me while I go down some meds.
Not sure, I totally kept getting lost. What was the story line. Too boring.
Anything from Darynda Jones :)
The story just dragged on but had nothing to catch and engage me as a reader. Great narration though.
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