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Publisher's Summary

It is 1830, and the Berrybender family - rich, aristocratic, English, and fiercely out of place - is on its way up the Missouri River to see the American West as it begins to open up.

Lord and Lady Berrybender have abandoned their palatial home in England to explore the frontier and to broaden the horizons of their children, who include Tasmin, a budding young woman of grit, beauty, and determination, her vivacious and difficult sister, and her brother.

As they journey by rough stages up the Missouri River, they meet with all the dangers, difficulties, temptations, and awesome natural scenery of the untamed West.

At the very core of the story is Tasmin's fast-developing relationship with Jim Snow, frontiersman, ferocious Indian fighter, and part-time preacher. Known up and down the Missouri as "the Sin Killer," he's the handsome, silent Westerner who eventually captures her heart.

Against the immense backdrop of the American West, Larry McMurtry tracks this engaging family as they make their way up the great river, surviving attacks, discomfort, savage weather, and natural disaster. Sin Killer is an adventure story full of incident, and suspense, as well as a charming love story between a headstrong and aristocratic young Englishwoman and the stubborn, shy, and very American Jim Snow. As big as the West itself, this is the kind of story that only Larry McMurtry can write.

Listen to the other books in Larry McMurtry's Berrybender saga.
©2002 Larry McMurty. All rights reserved.; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORDS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"The Great Western Novel is alive and well, thanks in no small part to McMurtry." (Booklist)

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great

A terrific story written by a brilliant writer and , performed well. I am eager to continue with the series.

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Enjoyed Sin Killer

I'm very anxious to find out what happens next. These stories and other books by Larry McMurtry are so addicting.

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Not Lonesome Dove.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The Lonesome Dove series are among my favorite books ever, and I was looking for something else from McMurtry hoping that it would capture me the same way that series had. Sadly, I could only make it halfway through this book before giving up. I guess I'm not a romantic, because as fantastic as McMurtry is at spinning tales and making compelling characters in a western setting, I found the "romantic" interchanges between Tasmin and Jim to be tedious and annoying. And as much as no characters could ever be as likable as Captains Call & McRae, there was simply *nobody* in this book I took the faintest liking to. If there can be six Fast & Furious movies, can't we have at least 10 Lonesome Doves?!?: )

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Wild West "Candide" or "Wild Thornberrys" parody?

What disappointed you about Sin Killer?

I could never tell if the author was actually going for a parody or just writing for a juvenile audience.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry McMurtry again?

I don't think so.

What about Alfred Molina’s performance did you like?

Fine performance.

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Women curiously outspoken

Has a lot of classic McMurtry western hallmarks, such as brute honesty in situations and honest sexual situations. However none of the characters are endearing unlike the Lonesome Dove series. Don't expect to be rooting for anyone. Based on that I'm not sure I'll continue with this series.

The women are curiously outspoken, perhaps because of their regal upbringing.

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I don't want to answer all these questions. I am willing to do step one, but you won't let me submit just that. I want to spend my time reading or listening to the stories. It's not my desire or job to compare this book with others or performances with others or give you snappy tag lines for movies. Isn't that your job?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • Candler, NC, USA
  • 04-26-05

BAD TASTE

THE BOOK WAS VERY BORING TO ME. SEEMS LIKE YOU GET OVER RUN WITH SO MANY CHARACTERS, IN THE FIRST HOUR.I DIDN'T APPRECIATE THE SEXUAL DETAILS IN THE BOOK EITHER. I WOULD HAVE CHOSEN ANOTHER CATAGORY OF
BOOK IF I WANTED TO READ THAT.

4 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Long Beach, MS, USA
  • 02-16-05

Great Book

I have read all four in the series and this is the best of the four.

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  • Nancy E.
  • Saunderstown, RI, USA
  • 02-23-07

not so good

There are a lot of characters in this story and you don't come to like any of them. Tasmin sounds too much like Stewie from "The Family Guy"to be taken seriously.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful