McCammon is one of my favorite authors. His characters are wonderful and you feel that you know them and care about them. Southern gothic is a good description.
It's hard to describe this one. The cover calls it 'part crime novel, part quest...' which is accurate as far as it goes, but that doesn't even begin cover the curling and twining of the plot lines. The tale is riveting.
From back cover: Flooded by memories, poisoned by Agent Orange, and desperate for work, Dan Lambert kills a man in a moment of fear and fury---and changes his life forever. Pursued by police and bounty hunters, Dan flees south toward the Louisiana bayous...
Heading into the swampland he meets Arden Halliday, a young woman who bears the vivid burdens of her own past, and is searching for a legendary faith healer called the Bright Girl. Looking for simple kindness in a world that rarely shows it, bound by a loyalty stronger than love, Dan and Arden set off on a journey of relentless suspense and impassioned discovery... over dark, twisting waterways into the mysterious depths of the human heart.
A book with good movement and suspense. Main character is a Vietnam vet who gets into a bizarre world of a siamese twins bounty hunter, Louisianans who don't claim America. A good, weird read.
McCammon does write some of the oddest characters, but because he writes them with respect they have depth they wouldn't in another writer's hands. Good read. Southern Gothic really does just about define this style.
This is an excellent read!! I LOVE this author. I just wish he didn't wait so long to publish his books. fab4fan
A southern gothic where bounty hunters chase a Vietnam vet who has killed a bank officer sort of by accident. The vet is certainly suffering PTSD, though I don't think it was acknowledged when this book was written. He had lost his family, then his job, and all he had left was his truck that took him job-hunting. The bank was repossessing it, and the loan officer was a stereotypical sneering fat-boy who had not one ounce of empathy for our hero. During a convoluted fight, our guy killed the bank guy, panicked and hit the road.
He took up--sort of rescued--a young woman with a port wine birthmark down one side of her face, who was searching for the bayou woman who never died and could heal with a touch. Chased by bounty hunters, one with an appendege growing out of his chest, and the other a former Elvis impersonator with a yapping dog called Mama, the protagonists and later the hunters develop deep, touching relationships, broken people healing each other as they fight the swamp, alligators, drug dealers and dog eaters.
While I enjoyed the story, it was the verisimilitude, the sense of place, and the relationships between all of the characters that made this story. Recommended.
I LOVE Robert McCammon's writing. I'll never know how he gets you to care about these bizarre characters!!! I'm on to his latest.
Psychological terror/horror. The best. Nobody does it like McCammon.
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing until the end. Wonderful read.
I would classify this book as interesting but strange. The main character is a Vietnam Vet who suffers from a brain tumore as a result of agent orange. He comes upon bad times and things just keep getting worse. He "goes south" both litterally and figuratively. He ends up being hunted by a strange pair of bounty hunters, one has three arms and one is an Elvise impersonater. He also ends up helping a young girl with a large facial birthmark try to find a faith healer called the Bright Girl. Everyone ends up in the swamps with aligators and you'll need to read the book to see who comes out!