Man Devil Glad Mmp

Man Devil Glad Mmp

by Donald McCaig

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of the well-received Nop's Trials has written an even better novel, whose protagonist is one of those honest, decent men whose moral standards impel him to bring a murderer to justice. Writing in simple, direct prose that is also embued with a poetic turn of phrase, McCaig again focuses on the hardworking farmers and small-business people who live in rural West Virginia. Cub Hamill is sheriff of Tucker County, but he is being challenged for the post by his smarmy, born-again deputy, who wins the election. Cub is more interested in capturing a coyote that has been slaughtering his neighbors' ewes; with the mixture of respect and affection in which he regards all wild creatures, he mentally addresses the coyote as ``the scoundrel.'' But another kind of hunt soon endangers Cub and his new lover, postmistress Maggie Stevenson, as they become the quarries of a murderer who is a true predator, respecting none of the rules of human behavior. McCaig's rendition of country talk is perfect. In spare, laconic dialogue, he conveys the archaic flavor of southern rural speech. He is equally adept at limning character and appearance in a few pithy lines. The book moves swifly to a zinger of a denouement that leaves the reader shocked and moved. This is a great pleasure of a read. (November 1)

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St. Martin's Press
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Donald McCaig is the award-winning author of Jacob’s Ladder designated “the best civil war novel ever written” by The Virginia Quarterly. People magazine raved “Think Gone With the Wind, think Cold Mountain.” It won the Michael Sharra Award for Civil War Fiction and the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction.

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