Paris Trout Author:Pete Dexter Winner of the National Book Award, Paris Trout is the mesmerizing story of a shocking crime that eats away at the fabric of a small Southern town, exposing its hypocrises and shattering the lives of its citizens. — The crime is the murder of a 14-year-old black girl, and the killer is Paris Trout, a respected white citizen of Cotton Point, Georgi... more »a -- a man without guilt. His crime haunts the men and women of the town. Harry Seagraves, Trout's attorney, has nightmares about it. Trout's wife, Hanna, bears his abusive paranoia, which grows as the town reacts to the crime and puts Trout on trial. As he becomes more obsessed with his cause and his vendettas against those who have betrayed him, Trout moves closer to madness, finally exploding with yet more violence and rage.« less
Thoroughly engrossing - if often unpleasant - tale of racial bigotry and oppression in the U.S. Perhaps that makes it sound more academic than it is. It's a fictional tale of one of the most believable villains I've read in some time. I read it cover to cover in long sitting - I needed to know how it all ended!
I recommend it highly. If you're the type who throws a book in anger periodically across the room, I would suggest moving breakable items out of your line of fire before beginning.