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November Mourns
     

November Mourns

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by Tom Piccirilli
 

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Tom Piccirilli's The Last Kind Words.

Two years ago Shad Jenkins went to prison for assaulting his
sister’s attacker. Now he has returned to the southern mountain town of Moon Run Hollow, only to find that Megan is dead. No one knows how she died–or why she was found on Gospel Trail Road, a

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November Mourns 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An atmospheric southern gothic tale with a heavy crime-oriented attitude makes NOVEMBER MOURNS a powerhouse read. Shad Jenkins returns home to his moonshine-running mountain town called 'The Hollow' to investigate the death of his sister. Megan died on a mountain road long-thought to be haunted, where in years past plague victims were brought to die. Many of his old friends have succumbed to poison moonshine and alcoholism and seem to be slightly crazy, to say the least. As Shad delves deeper into the mystery we learn that he too suffers from visions--whether its a natural psychic gift, a blessing from God, or brought on from moonshine we don't know--but the ghosts of his sister and his mother seem to be trying to help him. Or are they? Tom Piccirilli has written a wonderful, gripping, finely-tuned dark fantasy that draws the reader through a series of amazingly imaginative scenes. Part adventure novel, part thriller, part horror, part ghost story, part southern grit lit, and also very very funny and sweet in places. Definitely do yourself a favor and pick this one up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by this author and it was only okay. I hope the other books I bought from this author will be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RIDICULOUS i have read other books by this author and they were great. Only finished this cuz i paid for it. I usually dont rite review...only fid so this time cuz i was very dissappointed!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A muscular, atmospheric gothic noir tale that crosses a lot of genre boundaries, NOVEMBER MOURNS is one of my very favorite recent reads. It's been over a month and the book still sticks with me...entire passages, concepts, characters. Piccirilli writes with real flare and flavor, crossing literary boundaries at will to find the darkest heart of the subject matter of which he writes. Serious as some of the elements are, this is also a humorous novel, filled with an offbeat, memorable cast of characters. This is a real grabber of a dark fantasy/crime thriller that will drag you through a superstitious town poisoned by moonshine, ignorance, and possibly something much darker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a thrill ride this novel is! Atmospheric, beautifully written, poetic, and darkly gripping. Piccirilli manages to once again transcend genre and give us a literary work that is bizarre, creepy, twisted, and very humorous. And yet November Mourns is also very sweet and moving in spots, with a sorrowful but very gripping story line to it. Unlike anybody else you've ever read before, you'll love all Pic books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shad Jenkins returns from prison to his southern mountain town where the only real trade is in making and running moonshine liquor. His sister has died on an isolated back ground believed to be haunted by the superstitious townsfolk. In an effort to find out the reasons behind her death, Shad searches through the backwoods of the hollow dealing with many of the bizarre, and perhaps insane locals, including a cult of snake handlers, some freakishly abnormal folks, and an unknown enemy who seems to be some kind of supernatural entity that lives in the forest. Piccirilli has great fun here as he straddles a line between suspense, horror, and fantasy. he builds a wonderful tension as Shad explores his own hollow only to discover that either there are strange forces at work in the mountains or possibly everyone is going insane from poisoned moonshine. Moon Run Hollow and its inhabitants are classic creations in the dark fantasy field, with a beautiful but terrible back story involving a yellow fever epidemic and what happened to its victims. Piccirilli's richly textured story and wonderfully gripping narrative voice makes the story even darker and more foreboding as the mystery progresses. Moody, haunting, and memorable, November Mourns is a terrific story you won't soon forget.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After beating and near killing Zeke Hester for trying to rape his fifteen year old sister Megan, Shad Jenkins is sent up to state prison for two years. While in prison, he takes college courses and teaches another convict how to read. Just before he is due to be released, his father informs him that his sister is dead, found on Gospel Road, only a mark on her cheek and no idea how she died. --- When Shad is released he returns to Moon Run Hollow with its ignorant back woods folk where incest is common and nobody ever speaks of the children born of such a union. Shad is determined to figure out who killed his sister. He visits a congregation of snake handlers who live nearest to the place where Megan died. When he returns to the Hollow he confronts the last person he would ever expect to have killed his innocent sister and realizes no one is sane in the Hollow. --- The protagonist night walks and doesn¿t remember what he does when that happens. He also sees the shade of his sister¿s hand and a convict from the prison he stayed at. Is he hallucinating, going insane or has he come to realize that the natural laws don¿t apply inside the Hollow? Tom Piccirilli writes a dark foreboding gothic like tale in which readers sense that Shad is on the road to his own destiny if he can remain on the path. The lyrical prose and the noir atmosphere makes NOVEMBER MOURNS a memorable work.--- Harriet Klausner