Smonk: A Novel

Smonk: A Novel

by Tom Franklin
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Smonk 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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E.O. Smonk, the one-eyed dwarf has terrorized Old Texas, Alabama for years, but justice has come to town 1911 so Eugene Oregon Smonk stands trial for murder and rape. However, Smonk¿s drinking associates refuse to allow the irascible one to stand trial regardless of the law. They kill every male in town as they free Smonk. A former Smonk ¿ward¿ now a lawman Will McKissick chases after the escaped dwarf. As Smonk flees Old Texas, the Christian posse pursues dangerous if you fail to pay emaciated teenage prostitute Evavangeline for the murders of her Johns. They track her from the male corpses she leaves behind along the Alabama Gulf Coast, but though she can barely survive the daily chores of life, the posse seems one step behind her skinny butt. --- McKissick follows Smonk back to Old Texas where Evavangeline followed by posse member Phial Walton has also arrived at a time the town female survivors lay out their dead men and children. May the best man (or woman) be left standing. --- Obviously not aimed at the cozy crowd, this is an insane fast-paced historical crime thriller. Fans who enjoy gore will appreciate the trails of corpses that appear everywhere in this gruesome well written storyline. The cast is top rate from the crazy title character the bewildered teen hooker guilt-laden McKissick (once saved by Smonk from the deadly local orphanage) the eerie widows placing their dead on dining tables as if serving a gourmet meal the mad preacher hosting dead children as if they attend services the obsessed Christian ¿deputy¿ seeking to send the sinner to hell and finally the aptly named rabid dog Lazarus the Redeemer. Tom Franklin¿s candid but violent send off of western thrillers makes Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch look like schoolchildren at play. --- Harriet Klausner
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If you want to maintain some sanity, don't read this book. It is the most violent and disturbing book I have ever read. Was the author on bad drugs when he wrote it? His other books are great but this one is demented with someone getting killed on almost every page. The graphic descriprions of the charactures and the viloence are truely scarey, but I still could not put it down.
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It's hard to go wrong with a book with a taciturn title like 'Smonk' coupled with a loquacious subtitle that reads 'or Widow Town Being the Scabrous Adventures of E.O. Smonk & of the Whore Evanangeline in Clarke County, Alabama, Early in the Last Century...' Talk about a mouthful. Actually, this quick read is like no other western you're likely to have ever read, or heck, quite unlike any book you've ever picked up. Borrowing from many genres, western, horror, pulp, and even some historical fiction, 'Smonk' provides an entertaining and bawdy romp through post-Civil War Alabama following the terrorizing exploits of the books title character. Smonk is a dasterdly as they come and personifies the word ruthless. He is mean, nasty, ugly, raunchy, and totally void of any redeeming quality yet despite these flaws, there is something endearing about his debauchery and villianous behavior. I ended up pulling for the guy. I could say more but why spoil the fun. Saddle up with this book and enjoy an entertaining romp through the very wild west!