Salt River: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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The poignant and surprising new thriller by one of America's most acclaimed writers.

Few American writers create more memorable landscapes-both natural and interior-than James Sallis. His highly praised Lew Griffin novels evoked classic New Orleans and the convoluted inner space of his black private detective. More recently-in Cypress Grove and Cripple Creek-he has conjured a small town somewhere near Memphis, where John Turner-ex-policeman, ...
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Salt River: A Novel

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Overview


The poignant and surprising new thriller by one of America's most acclaimed writers.

Few American writers create more memorable landscapes-both natural and interior-than James Sallis. His highly praised Lew Griffin novels evoked classic New Orleans and the convoluted inner space of his black private detective. More recently-in Cypress Grove and Cripple Creek-he has conjured a small town somewhere near Memphis, where John Turner-ex-policeman, ex-con, war veteran and former therapist-has come to escape his past. But the past proved inescapable; thrust into the role of Deputy Sheriff, Turner finds himself at the center of his new community, one that, like so many others, is drying up, disappearing before his eyes.

As Salt River begins, two years have passed since Turner's amour, Val Bjorn, was shot as they sat together on the porch of his cabin. Sometimes you just have to see how much music you can make with what you have left, Val had told him, a mantra for picking up the pieces around her death, not sure how much he or the town has left. Then the sheriff's long-lost son comes plowing down Main Street into City Hall in what appears to be a stolen car. And waiting at Turner's cabin is his good friend, Eldon Brown, Val's banjo on the back of his motorcycle so that it looks as though he has two heads. "They think I killed someone," he says. Turner asks: "Did you?" And Eldon responds: "I don't know." Haunted by his own ghosts, Turner nonetheless goes in search of a truth he's not sure he can live with.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802718822
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 174,809
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)
  • File size: 482 KB

Meet the Author

James Sallis is the author of more than two dozen volumes of fiction, poetry, biography, translation, essays, and criticism, including the Lew Griffin sextet, Drive, Cypress Grove, and Cripple Creek. His biography of the great crime writer Chester Himes is an acknowledged classic. Sallis lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
James Sallis is the author of more than two dozen volumes of fiction, poetry, translation, essays, and criticism, including the Lew Griffin cycle and Drive. His biography of the great crime writer Chester Himes is an acknowledged classic. Sallis lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Karyn, and an enormous white cat.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A winner!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Kat review

    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.
    Kat

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    WARRIOR DEN

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Sam

    Walks in. "what up."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Remy

    "Hello." A girl with dark short hair and amber eyes appears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Dean sam

    Dean-yes!wheres my money?sam-pulls out $120.00 and hands it to dean right there

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Nick

    May i join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Remiel

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Grace

    Nu. I'll have to talk to you guys tomorrow. Mah mother ish taking me to Walmart to get peanut butter.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Cas

    She wandered around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Painfully difficult to compete.

    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.

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    Posted April 11, 2014

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