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"Poachers" is no ordinary tale of detection but rather a mood piece that will remind the reader of the best of James Lee Burke. Set in the swamps of the deep South, it is a riveting tale of three brothers who are so violent and amoral that they will kill anyone or anything in their path. One of their victims is a young lawman who was much loved, causing the locals to bring in their own hired gun, a game warden of legendary skill as a hunter of poachers. One by one, he tracks down the crazed brothers in a quest for justice.
The other stories in this beautifully produced little volume are also superb. While there is occasional humor, this is not a collection to read if you're in the mood for P.G. Wodehouse or Dave Barry. The dark woods and hollows and the unforgiving swamps and their inhabitants do not make for a sunshiny reading experience. As the old wooden sign in Poachers announces, "Jesus Is Not Coming." Franklin's first novel will be published in 2000 and I, for one, can't wait. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The first book I read by Tom Franklin was Crooked Letter,Crooked Letter and I was hooked then but this book tops that one by far. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Wendy D
Great glimpse into an interesting aspect of southern culture. Written from the heart and from experience. Enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geoff Schmidt
Dark as dark can be. A person can't really not get caught up in this tale of a time and place we hope doesn't really exsistPublished 2 months ago by Bill E. Bissett
This is one of the finest books I've ever read. While many readers single out the long story "Poachers," I think many of the other stories here surpass it. Read this book!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I heard a review of Tom Franklin on some NPR show. I thought, "What the heck!" I bought the Kindle version of Poachers. What a joy to discover this mesmerizing writer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Mead
I read this because I'm a big fan of Tom Franklin. And I did like the writing style, but his characters, while well drawn, were of a coarseness and violence that just made me... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Molly Rich
I read this book since I enjoy the genre of Southern fiction, and I enjoy short stories. The stories in this book showed promise but had characters I didn't care about, could not... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J.
This is the short story collection you read after you have finished all the stories by William Gay and Millard Johnson.Published 10 months ago by Millard F. Johnson
Tom Franklin can write. His stories are beautifully disturbing and disturbingly beautiful. The introduction alone is worth the purchase of this collection.Published 10 months ago by ReidÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Crandall