In what is at once a coming-of-age novel and a realistic crime novel, The Killer Is Dying is above all the story of three men of vastly different age and background, and of the shape their lives take against the unforgiving sunlight and sprawl of America's fifth largest city, Phoenix. The detective is looking for the killer, Christian, though he doesn't know that. Christian is trying to find the man who stepped in and took down his target before he had the chance. And the boy, Jimmie, is having the killer's dreams. While they never meet, they are inextricably linked, and as their stories unfold, all find the solace of community.
|Publisher:||Walker & Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.64(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
James Sallis is the acclaimed author of more than two dozen volumes of fiction, poetry, translation, essays, and criticism, including the Lew Griffin series, Drive (optioned to Hollywood, movie underway), Cypress Grove, Cripple Creek, and Salt River. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I read the synopsis on Goodreads, I was intrigued, thinking it sounded like it would be a good crime/mystery novel. It wasn't a story that immediately grabbed my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next, though. For me, it was a case of turning the pages trying to understand. The chapters flow seamlessly; however, it takes a beat or two for you to realize that the character point of view has changed. The stories of the three primary characters are not interwoven yet somehow are connected. The Killer is Dying is a very well written story. It's a good story that I liked and at the same time found frustrating. And, while not my favorite book, I would recommend it.