Shadow Country Trilogy

4 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 631 ratings

Shadow Country Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Fiction, 2008

Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

Shadow Country transverses strange landscapes inhabited by Americans of every provenance and color, including the black and Indian inheritors of archaic racism that "still casts its shadow over the nation."

©2008 Peter Matthiessen (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1-3

    • Shadow Country

    • A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
    • By: Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 40 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 528
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 279
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 283

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing, Rich and Powerful

    • By John on 05-02-09

    Regular price: $34.96

  • Book 1

    • Killing Mr. Watson

    • By: Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer, Norman Dietz, George Guidall, and others
    • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    When Peter Matthiessen was 17, he was told the story of Edgar J. Watson, a popular and successful planter who had been murdered by his neighbors in 1910. This novel is Matthiessen’s attempt to piece together the life of a mysterious man who became a legend, and the dangerous legend that destroyed him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorite books I've ever read.

    • By Dabutchur on 01-18-17

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 2

    • Lost Man's River

    • By: Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 27 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    In this dazzling sequel to Killing Mr. Watson, Peter Matthiessen presents the story of a family riddled with scandal through colorful recollections of renegades and their descendants. Veteran narrator George Guidall brings the rich oral history dramatically to life.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Difficult plot to follow.

    • By C. C. Southerland on 12-21-17

    Regular price: $45.49

  • Book 3

    • Bone by Bone

    • By: Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    One of a very few National Book Award honorees to be nominated for fiction and nonfiction, Peter Matthiessen creates a curious blend of both in this tragic prequel to Killing Mister Watson and Lost Man’s River. An amazing novel in its own right, Bone by Bone caps the trilogy featuring the enigmatic E. J. Watson. During the Reconstruction Era, Edgar Watson grew up in the South at the mercy of a brutal alcoholic father and a vindictive mother. Witnessing the horrors of slavery, bilked out of his inheritance, and blamed in his youth for a murder he didn’t commit, E. J. developed a reputation for violence that preceded him everywhere he went. Finally, it brought him to a tragic and bloody end as his family watched in helpless horror. Borrowing an old local tale about a man who was killed by his neighbors, Matthiessen creates a powerful character. George Guidall’s excellent reading brings this moving tragedy home to us with a passion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling from start to finish.

    • By Elza on 07-29-09

    Regular price: $41.99