The Ploughmen (Digital Audiobook)
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
A young sheriff and a hardened killer form an uneasy and complicated bond in this mesmerizing first novel set on the plains of Montana.Steeped in a lonesome Montana landscape as unyielding and raw as it is beautiful, Kim Zupan's The Ploughmen is a new classic in the literature of the American West.At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men-a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy-sitting across from each other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: John Gload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of seventy-seven, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration, and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County Sheriff's Department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest. With a disintegrating marriage further collapsing under the strain of his night duty, Millimaki finds himself seeking counsel from a man whose troubled past shares something essential with his own. Their uneasy friendship takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence that yokes together the two haunted souls by the secrets they share-and by the rugged country that keeps them.
About the Author
Kim J. Zupan, a native Montanan, lives in Missoula and grew up
in and around Great Falls, where much of The
Ploughmen is set. For twenty-five years Zupan made a living as a carpenter
while pursuing his writing. He has also worked as a smelterman, pro rodeo
bareback rider, ranch hand, Alaska salmon fisherman, and presently teaches
carpentry at Missoula College. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana.