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!
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