By Pete Dexter
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780345542212, 328pp.)
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
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"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
"An eerie and beautiful novel . . . Its secrets continue to reveal themselves long after the book has been finished."--"The New York Times Book Review"
The sun is rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call is found on the highway, gutted like an alligator. A local redneck is tried, sentenced, and set to fry. Then Ward James, hotshot investigative reporter for the "Miami Times, "returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade. She's armed with explosive evidence, aiming to free--and meet--her convicted "fiancE." With Ward's disillusioned younger brother Jack as their driver, they barrel down Florida's back roads and seamy places in search of The Story, racing flat out into a shocking head-on collision between character and fate as truth takes a back seat to headline news.
"Dexter is a writer who cuts to the bone. There is not a spare word in this searing tale. . . . A bravura performance by one of America's most original and elegiac voices."--"People"
"Hip, hard-boiled and filled with memorable eccentrics . . . "The Paperboy "burns with the phosphorescent atmosphere of betrayal."--"Time"
"A wise and fascinating tale well told.""--Entertainment Weekly.
Rob Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the editor of SI Books during his twenty years at Time Inc. He was the editor of Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book, Sports Illustrated: The Baseball Book, Sports Illustrated: The Football Book, and Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, among other New York Times bestsellers.