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When a young black man is lynched in a small Alabama town, his estranged father - a crime world enforcer - sets out for revenge, embarking on a blood-soaked journey that will leave the ravaged bodies of dead Klansmen in his wake.

"Rausch unleashes a flurry of gut-punches both painful and thrilling; his prose brimming with righteous anger and stark, no-bullshit wit. This racially charged and crackling tale reads like a startling mash-up of Jim Thompson and Iceberg Slim, making Bloody Sheets that rare achievement: hardboiled and hard-hitting, but transcendently heartfelt as well." (Wesley Strick, screenwriter of Cape Fear)

©2019 Andy Rausch (P)2020 Andy Rausch

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Not for the faint-hearted, or racists.

I got this one because I liked his other book, Savage Brooklyn, so much. It’s definitely more serious than that one, especially because of the subject matter, and more violent, definitely inspired by Quentin T. I cringed in a lot of places, but only because of the language coming out of the mouths of the racist a-holes.

Again, the narration by Art Brown is really good. I don’t know from regional accents, but I think Mr. Brown really made the characters come to life with his voicing of each one. You always know who’s speaking. You immediately get lost in the story!

Ultimately a very satisfying book, and I definitely recommend! I look forward to more collabs from Andy and Art.

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Great story, but not for the faint of heart

The story is entertaining though very graphic and brutal. The subject matter and the language are clearly rated "R." The author does a fine job of leading the reader/listener on a walk though a slice of southern life. I enjoyed the story.

The best thing about this audio book is the narration. Mr. Brown does a fine job of narrating in three ways. First is the emotion he puts into the characters. He does an excellent job of bringing them to life without overacting or resorting to shouting or whispering. Second, the narration of the different voices. It is difficult to get an accurate and constant portrayal of different characters with different accents, inflections and voices, but Mr. Brown is a master of it. Finally is the pacing. Just enough changes of pace to keep the listener engaged and attentive. I rate the narration five star!

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  • 03-15-21

Fabulous, but not for the faint of heart!

Brutal, violent, intense, funny, and not just a little bit sad. A Mississippi Burning on steroids, only our truth seeker and harbinger of justice on this occasion is our lynching victim's father and he's no angel himself.

Putrid, ugly racism in all its forms and exagerrated here to the nth degree is at the heart of this short, powerful novella. Rausch shows his contempt for this form of discrimination by mocking the unenlightened and visiting on them seven kinds of hell in the form of Coke and his best friend sidekick.

Love, loss, regret, mistakes, small town ugliness, a young couple in love testing the boundaries of what will be allowed to stand, hate, vitriol, a lynching, death, bereavement, police corruption, discrimination, the KKK in action, a deputy's loose wife - the town bike, and lots more besides - in particular Vengeance with a capital V.

Story - tick, characters - tick, setting - tick, pace - tick, outcome - no happy ending, but a justice of sorts - tick, length - tick.

Very, very good. Very, very full on. Very much an in your face read, but not without moments of genuine humour that cracked me up. My kind of book.

I bought a copy of this a year or two ago in paperback, but had the chance to listen to it on Audible. The narration added another layer of enjoyment to what would have been a fantastic outing in any format.

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I've enjoyed Andy Rausch's work before - Ridng Shotgun and Other American Cruelties. I look forward to more from him again.

Read - (listened to) February, 2021
Published - 2019
Page count - 99 (3 hrs 17 mins)
Source - Audible review copy from Henry Roi ( a purchased paperback sits on the TBR pile)
Format - Audible