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Posted December 9, 2008
Two years have passed since John Turner sat with his beloved Bal Bjorn on his porch when she was shot and killed. Psychiatrists say time heals all wounds, but John knows otherwise as he still grieves his loss. The former cop has since become sheriff of the dying rural town that lies between Memphis and Soon No More. -------------------- Turner sits on a bench on economically depressed Main Street discussing with Doc how ugly life is except for the banjo. Suddenly, a speeding car driven by Billy Bates is out of control and crashes into city hall. As Billy is taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital, Turner investigates the return of the troubled son of former sheriff Lonnie Bates. What he finds deeply shakes him to his already troubled soul.-------------- The return of that great twenty-first century southern philosopher John Turner (see CYPRESS GROVE and CRIPPLE CREEK) will be fully appreciated by fans of James Sallis. The investigations (the other one involves his musician pal Eldon) is well written, but is used to enhance the deep look at a dying way of life. The writing is fabulous as the depressed area is vividly depicted mostly through Turner¿s musings on living, music, and dying. Readers who appreciate a strong regional tale that focuses on the human condition will relish SALT RIVER in which the police procedural elements are used to provide a powerful spotlight on the last death kicks of a once thriving era that has turned geriatric.-------------- Harriet Klausner
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Posted April 9, 2014
I thought it odd. Short story, about 100 pages. Very good writing, but I did not like the story or the overly somber musings of the character. Just odd. Some may like it.
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Standing there, she let out another light breath of air. After a moment of peace and only the sound of the rain and thunder, her silence and breath was shattered by a blade being driven into her chest from behind. Choking on her own breath, she stared wide-eyed at the point poking from her torso. She cried out, but it was cut off by a wet cough. Small droplets of scarlet scattered on the grass in front of her. Hot tears mixed with the rain running down her cheeks. Remiel cried out again as the blade was twisted just above her stomach. The attacker started to say an incantation in Enochian. Her fists clenched and as did her stomach. Her pained and weak cries filled the thick air as it felt like her wings were being ripped from her back.
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Posted April 19, 2014
Potentially a good story, but as my first encounter withTurner, i was woefully uninformed as to characters, names,relationships, etc. Could have used more pages, or a clear caveat that this was a continuation of a character. I had to continually go back and re read to figure out who and what Sallis was talking about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2014
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