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A rare example of a literary western in the now hallowed traditions of Cormac McCarthy and The Sisters Brothers, Winnette's sly adventures are a genuine delight, and at the antipode of the familiar heroics of the movies, Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey. When Brooke and Sugar, two killers on the run stumble across Bird, a naked, mute boy who is unable to explain his presence or past, the road is set for an orgy of violence and over the top incidents of a bloody nature as they come to confront their own instincts and thirst for excess. Both fast-reading and meditative, the encounters each character makes once they are eventually separated in the wilderness of the West, make for a wry, picaresque philosophical tale of blood, ties that bind, and the permanence of evil. Quite unique and fascinating, even if you're not intrinsically a fan of westerns.
Brooke and Sugar are contract killers without a contract. Bird is the boy who mysteriously woke beside them while between towns. For miles, there is only desert and wilderness, and along the fringes, people.
The story follows Bird, and the middling bounty hunters after they’ve been chased from town, each in pursuit of their own sense of belonging and justice. It features gunfights, cannibalism, bar-room piano, a transgender birth, a wagon train, a stampede, and the tenuous rise of the West’s first one-armed gunslinger.
Haints Stay is a new Acid Western in the tradition of Rudolph Wurlitzer, Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff,and Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man: meaning it is brutal, surreal, and possessesan unsettling humour.
'In his astonishing portrait of American violence, Haints Stay, Colin Winnette makes use of the Western genre to stunning effect.' - LA Times
'[One of] LitReactor's favorite reads of 2015' - Lit Reactor
'Haints Stay’ turns the Western on its ear' - Washington Post
Publication date: 24/03/2016
Publisher: No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
|Publication date:||24th March 2016|
|Publisher:||No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Colin Winnette is the author of several books, most recently Coyote and Haints Stay. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Believer, and Lucky Peach. He lives in San Francisco. Author photo © Jennifer YinMore About Colin Winnette