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By John Wray

Set within the American South within the years ahead of and through the Civil warfare, John Wray’s hypnotic new novel is without delay a criminal offense tale, a bravura paintings of old fiction, and a fire-and-brimstone meditation on American credulity and corruption.
Thaddeus Morelle’s fans name him “the Redeemer.” through the years he has led the Island 37 Gang from stealing horses to stealing slaves in an company so nefarious that either the Union and Confederacy have positioned a bounty on their heads. yet now Morelle is lifeless, murdered through his puppet and prot?g?, Virgil Ball, who might rid himself of the Redeemer yet can by no means be freed from his alternate. in accordance with the real tale of John Murrell, a determine as soon as as notorious as Jesse James, Canaan’s Tongue is suspenseful and fiercely comedian, a latest masterpiece of the yank ugly.

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I don’t know,’ he said from his sleeping bag. His voice was raw and cracked and I could tell he’d been crying again. ‘Maybe we should move out to the woods. Rent a cabin or something. Nothing weird happens out here. ’ Jerry Lee sat up. He found a beer at his feet and opened it. ‘Jesus, I don’t want to think about that, not right now. Don’t bring it up. And about the woods, there’s nothing to do out here, and what’s worse is all those kids that get their arms chopped off in farm machinery. They end up driving around town with their feet.

I stood there and watched until the tail lights just flickered into nothing. 9 AFTER STANDING THERE for a while, looking down the road, I went to where we were parked to see if he had left my things. There were food wrappers, a nearly empty Jim Beam bottle laying on the ground, but also my sleeping bag and a six-pack of beer. I put my things in the covered doorway of the auto body shop and went across the street and into the restaurant. There was a wood stove burning in the center of the room, and there were deer heads on the wall, and a stuffed rattlesnake curled with its head raised and its fangs out resting on top of the cigarette machine.

The kitchen table had a white and red checkered cloth on it and three places were set. My mother stood in the kitchen wearing a dress. She’d made her face up and was wearing a scarf around her head. ‘Hello, boys,’ she said when she saw us. But even the make-up couldn’t hide how pale she was, and her skin hung from her face loose like an old woman. ‘Put some clothes on and then come out and sit with me. ’ Jerry Lee and I went into our room and changed, then went out to the backyard where she was laying on a lawn chair in the fading evening sun.

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