Starred Review. In this absorbing and intelligent novel, Morris (The Greyhound God) follows five characters through a handful of hours culminating in a dart contest on a Thursday night in Garnet Lake, Idaho: Russell Harmon, who lives for the dart league and his cocaine habit; teammate Tristan Mackey, who is haunted by having not prevented the drowning of a classmate; Kelly Ashton, who wants desperately for someone to rescue her and her young daughter from this small town; Russell's darts rival Brice Habersham, a DEA agent posing as the owner of a gas station; and drug dealer Vince Thompson, who, tonight, is carrying a 9mm Beretta to his meeting with Russell. As each chapter shifts from one voice to the next, Morris cranks up the tension so that by the time the dart match arrives, the book is impossible to put down. Morris explores how even the most banal choices we make—to get in the car or not?—can have a life-altering impact. (Oct.)
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*Starred Review* This sensitive, cleverly constructed novel of small-town life and big-league dreams follows a cast of five in the hours leading up to a Thursday night dart contest. Russell Harmon, painfully aware of his unsuitability for the logging work that is the economic mainstay of Garnet Lake, Idaho, is banking all his self-esteem on retaining his title of Dart League King, although he has a couple of obstacles in his way. He owes a lot of money to the local drug dealer, the incredibly bad tempered Vince Thompson, who could very well show up at the big contest with a 9mm Beretta. Russell is facing a formidable opponent in Brice Habersham, who recently bought the town’s gas station and was, at one time, a professional dart player. Even more distracting is the fact that intellectual college grad and fellow teammate Tristan Mackey has shown up with town hottie Kelly Ashton, Russell’s old love. Secrets and surprises are revealed as the narrative shifts among the five voices, injecting the culminating chapters with an almost unbearable tension. All the while, Morris continues to draw a subtle, near flawless portrait of the unique ways that small-town life can both nurture and suffocate its residents. --Joanne WilkinsonSee all Editorial Reviews
absolutely the worst book I have ever read. Terrible stereotypical characters. Terrible plot line. Lots of over done cliche. Overall just a poorly written book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tim Donley
Absolute garbage. Completely uninteresting. Who the hell writes a novel on darts???Published 11 months ago by Stephen Ogletree
I have to admit I have read this book every two years for awhile now. I have eagerly recounted the plot to many friends and family members, describing the characters that everyone... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by S. Roach
It was really hard to read this book and make jazz hands at the same time. I had to take my tiny polka-dot gloves off to vomit daintily. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Kristen M.
I thought this book was very stereotypical and, frankly, uninteresting. The character does coke on the second page as if to say "Ooooo look at me. I'm cool; I write about drugs. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Lucas Hood
Keith Lee Morris is one of the best writers at work in the U.S. He's one my favorite writers and I find his writing almost addictive. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Kathleen Maher
Once the clock starts in this novel, it moves ahead relentlessly, chugging towards, maybe not the sadness that you expect, but sadness nonetheless, and after a brief moment of... Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Zach Powers
and the voices made the characters real (well done, Nick Landrum) and then my heart broke for Vince the drug dealer--and the Dart League King and the mother of his child, and the... Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by McGraw