Willnot

by James Sallis

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LoveReading View on Willnot

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Every single page is to be savoured in this new, economical short crime novel by the author of Drive. A shocking mass grave is discovered on the outskirts of the small, rural town of Willnot and local doctor Lamar Hale finds himself at the centre of the increasing shock waves this originates. The return of a prodigal son, Bobby Lowndes, followed by the FBI, add another level of mystery onto the quiet atmosphere of the sleepy town and when Hale's partner Richard is critically wounded, hard truths have to be confronted. Warm, eccentric characters and a strong feel for the epiphanies of daily life characterise Sallis and no one writes of the virtues of gentleness like him. In his unspectacular way, this only makes his crime novels more powerful and capable of lingering in the memory longer than many others full of gunshots galore and cardboard villains. All life -and some death - is here.

Maxim Jakubowski

Willnot Synopsis

In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Dr. Lamar Hale, the town’s all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon and town conscience.

At the same time, Bobby Lowndes – his military records missing, and followed by the FBI – mysteriously reappears in his hometown, at Hale’s door. Over the ensuing months, the daily dramas Hale faces as he tends to his town and to his partner, Richard, collide with the inexplicable vagaries of life in Willnot. And when a gunshot aimed at Lowndes critically wounds Richard, Hale’s world is truly upended.

In his inimitable spare style, James Sallis conjures indelible characters and scenes that resonate long after they appear. 'You live with someone year after year, you think you’ve heard all the stories,' Lamar observes, 'but you never have.'

Willnot Press Reviews

Critical acclaim for Willnot:

'a slippery, poetic mystery that becomes a love story to small town America' - Ian Rankin

'What a lovely, unexpected book - taking you safely, not without loss, where you didn't know it was going' - John Harvey 

'James Sallis is one of our greatest living crime writers and Willnot continues an almost unseemly streak of excellence. Try to get his words, his stories, his people out of your head. Just try' - Laura Lippman

'Sallis' latest has a lot to recommend it...A brisk and sure-handed treat.' - Kirkus Reviews

'Sallis expertly weaves notes of hope throughout his pungent and often melancholy tale' - The Seattle Times

'He conveys an atmosphere, disturbing and lyrical, that stays in the memory...A beautiful read from a master' - The Times

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ISBN: 9781843446699
Publication date: 26/06/2016
Publisher: No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843446699
Publication date: 26th June 2016
Author: James Sallis
Publisher: No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About James Sallis

James Sallis has published fifteen novels, multiple collections of short stories, essays and poems. Jim lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he previously taught novel writing at Phoenix College and plays regularly with his string band, Three-Legged Dog. He stays busy.

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