Larry Watson's previous fiction evoking contemporary Western small-town life has won him awards, a dedicated readership, and unqualified critical praise. Now he has written a novel that envelops the rich emotional terrain of his beloved Montana in a mystery that is both unexpected and unforgettable.
After a nighttime accident at the bottom of Sprull Hill in Bentrock, Sheriff Jack Nevelsen is compelled to try and protect a part of his hometown that even a hero would have trouble saving its innocence. For most everyone in the community would agree that June Moss, the quiet girl who had just graduated from high school, and Leo Bauer, the principal of Bentrock Elementary and a married man like Jack, had no business heading out of town together.
As Jack sets out to unravel the mystery of their deaths, he begins to create a story to shield his town, a lie that will reverberate throughout an entire community, and into the shadows of his own heart.
|Publisher:||Washington Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Larry Watson was born in Rugby, North Dakota, and raised in Bismarck. The winner of numerous literary awards, he won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, The Mountains & Plains Bookseller Association Regional Book Award, and his novel Montana 1948 was named one of the Best Books of 1993 by both Library Journal and Booklist. He is also the author of In a Dark Time, a novel, Leaving Dakota, a collection of poetry, and Justice, a book of short fiction. He is a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts award in fiction. Larry Watson teaches English at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Terribly depressing and not at all where I thought the story way going!!
I had to push myself to get to the end of this without chucking it aside... It was kind of slow and monotonous
You can read about the plot elsewhere at this site so I won't go into it. The writing is crisp in the beginning, then bogs in the middle. However, even though the introduction of the character who brings about the hero's downfall seems forced, the author wraps up his tale with an appropriately ironic ending. A good, fast read - I'll definitely try something else by this author.
Having read both Montana and Justice, I was expecting similar quality. I thought that this book had a very good plot and asked some thought provoking questions about human nature. However, the writing style was not effective for me. The book rambled, asked questions too often, and had a general lack of organiazation. I feel that it could have been written much more cleanly.