One of these nights when his red is throbbing like a heart Buford comes across two drunk men who just won't stop picking on him. Like everybody else, they think they're better than Buford because he's simple, they think they can treat him like he's nothing. But Buford isn't nothing. Buford can do things. And that night with his bait knife, he shows the two men what those things are.
The next day when the bodies are discovered, Deputy Anson Ames is pretty sure who's responsible, but Buford's nowhere to be found. Anson has his own history with Buford, as well as his own thankless life dragging him down, so when state investigators take over the case and boot him from duty, he goes rogue and sets out with Buford's grandmother, Eustace - herself dying of lung cancer - to scour the highways and country roads of eastern North Carolina hoping to find Buford before the vengeful manhunt does.
But Buford isn't as vulnerable as Anson and Eustace think. Along his travels he's been joined by Mackavee, an older man with a rollerskate on a lame foot who says he's been sent by God to reveal to Buford his Purpose: ridding the Earth of every single sinner he comes across. With Mackavee as his guide, Buford embarks on a series of ritualized killings that intensify the investigation on his heels, and draw the authorities, Deputy Ames, and especially his Gramma Eustace closer to a final, faith-shaking and unimaginable climax.
EUSTACE SAVES is a serial-killing road trip of philosophical Southern noir that intertwines violence, religion, godlessness, duty, family, and the myriad shades of morality within every one of us. It is as richly-populated and elegantly-plotted as readers have come to expect from author H. Perry Horton, whose previous literary thrillers RENEWAL and HERITAGE have captivated and kept awake fans worldwide.
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