Hailed as a “grand new talent” (Bret Lott) and a “significant new voice in Southern fiction” (Ron Rash), Jon Sealy has written a haunting debut novel. With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, The Whiskey Baron is a gripping drama about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law.
|Publisher:||Hub City Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Jon Sealy's fiction has appeared in The Sun, The Normal School, and PANK, among other places. A native of upstate South Carolina, he currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. This is his first novel.
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Chambers parked in some loose gravel a ways from the tavern and killed the engine. Ahead of him, a small crowd stood in the road, huddled like beggars, the fires of kerosene lanterns burning at their sides. The Hillside itself was down from the road, far enough where passersby would miss it. Dim lights in the windows cut through the dark enough to reveal loose boards dangling at odd angles from the building. Shingles half-cocked, planks of wood strewn about by the front door. Leaning against an old water oak, hunched in the gloom, was Larthan Tull himself, solemnly sipping from a jar.
As Chambers approached, the men in the road parted around the two bodies that lay at their feet. Boys really, their flesh chewed by shotgun pellets. The men had been murmuring among themselves, but as Tull rose from the water oak and swayed over, they quieted and lowered their eyes.
Chambers could see Tull was drunk, but not out of control. He figured a man with as many responsibilities as Tull had would have to stay in control, especially in a business where the casualty rate was higher than average.