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Publisher's Summary

When Kenneth and Corrie Tyler become suspicious of the town undertaker, they attempt to discover the truth. But what they find is far worse than they had feared.

In his third novel, award-winning author William Gay is sure to astound listeners with his dark themes and memorable characters.

©2006 William Gay (P)2007 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Gay successfully uses [the Southern Gothic] form's ability to unsettle readers, forcing them to see anew darker aspects of humanity." ( Washington Post Book World)

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  • Lee
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • 12-01-08

Excellent !!!

I have been a lover of fiction since 1961, I was age 10. I especially love what I call "imaginative fiction", which could be a thriller, or horror, or any story where there are no boundaries, the author's imagination is the only limit.
This story is one of these, extremely well written. I will use a stereotypical word, "gripped". This story gripped me.
It takes alot to do that for me, as I am jaded. The author and the narrator are absolutely excellent and I give them both a

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • los angeles, CA, United States
  • 07-08-09

couldn't stop listening

If Mark Twain was a dark soul this would be his style. I loved this story from beginning to end and could not let it go... The narrator is superior in defining each character with his/her own personality down to specific cadences and inflections, what you always hope for, but almost never get. The story is a veritable depiction of the parts detailed and makes you believe they must be real people. If you love a thriller where the good and bad guys are equally dynamic this is it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • RKR
  • Georgia
  • 05-27-10

Breathtaking, but an unfortunate title.

This novel was recommended by Stephen King in his Entertainment Weekly column a few years back. William Gay has a distinct literary style that will be studied. The best comparison is to Cormac McCarthy, but with grotesque echoes of Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers. An amazing read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kendall
  • Rockaway, NJ, USA
  • 07-30-08

Takes Time

I didnt get into this book at first but I kept at it. After about the first hour it grabs you. The charactors are quirky with dark humor. Very enjoyable if you stick with it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Good Book - Good Narrator

This book is good. Not great but good. Enjoyed the last section of the book the most - a long, sometimes too long, chase scene between two main characters. The beginning has some perverse story line in it. The narrator does a good job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 10-05-09

If you Like Stephen King, and Mark Twain

This book feels as if a young Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy and Mark Twain had sat down and worked together on a book. For all of its pros and cons - this book genuinely feels like that.

If you like those authors - you'll really enjoy this novel.

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  • Michael
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 06-07-10

Southern Style

Nice job creating 'southern style' characters. The bad guy was really bad (grin) and the good guy was only a little bad. Entertaining

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nice listen

quality house book. similar to other authors like Donald Pollock Cormac McCarthy and guy who wrote the crimes in Southern Indiana book

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  • Mary
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 02-03-09

A few books entitled "Twilight"

This one is the better one. Pretty creepy story if that's what you're looking for, with a great use of language -- even disturbingly funny in parts. The teenage vampire book "Twilight" is a lot of fun though, if you're looking for a quick reality escape.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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could not get into this book

could not hang in there long enough to get into the story - disappointing, will be returning

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