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Dry County: A Novel by [Jake Hinkson]
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Editorial Reviews


Dry County packs a wallop in the inaugural chapter and doesn’t pull punches throughout. The story is relatable, compelling, and possesses an emotional intensity that will resonate with the reader well after the words have been consumed.”, Seattle Book Review

Dry County will hopefully earn Jake Hinkson the fanbase he deserves. He’s subtle in his preciseness, revealing an evil that doesn’t seem so threatening at first glance. By the time we’ve reached that last line, we’ve stared straight in the eye, and maybe chuckled.”, MysteryPeople (Pick of the Month)

“Set against the backdrop of the 2016 election, Hinkson’s darkly satirical take on power and hypocrisy closes with a shocking but fitting twist.” -- Booklist

“Set in rural Arkansas, this unapologetically bleak noir explores the effects of existential and spiritual despair in an economically depressed town where the influence of religious fundamentalism is stifling. Powered by raw emotional intensity and a disturbingly realistic portrayal of small-town America, this story is unforgettable.”, Publishers Weekly (starred)

“As the principals take turns plotting their next moves, things predictably spiral out of control with all the horrifyingly matter-of-fact force of Scott Smith’s parable A Simple Plan as Hinkson leads his all-too-human hero step by step into a monstrous pool of corruption. The whole sad carnival comes crashing to an unforgettable halt.” , Kirkus Reviews

Dry County is a hillbilly noir jewel. Jake Hinkson reveals the underbelly of small town life in this gritty thriller as he depicts the fall of a Southern preacher. An absorbing tale.” -- Nancy Allen, New York Times bestselling author

“Jake Hinkson’s Dry County breathlessly propels readers through the noir landscape of small-town Arkansas, laying bare its hypocrisies and baser impulses. Imagine Breaking Bad’s Walter White as the pastor of a Baptist Church; Hinkson’s Brother Weatherford’s fall is as far, as dark, and as deep.” -- John Copenhaver, author of Dodging and Burning

“From its gripping first pages, the reader knows he or she is in the hands of an expert storyteller. Dry County is a dark, noir-ish tale that weaves religion, politics, family betrayals, and violence, all centered around the forgotten small towns of rural Arkansas.   Jake Hinkson spins a story that just holds onto you and doesn’t let go. Highly recommended.” -- Brendan DuBois, three-time Shamus Award winner and bestselling author

“A day in a small town with big secrets is the setting for this perfect storm of a book. Jake Hinkson takes the reader on a white-knuckle ride in a world where good people have done bad things. I couldn’t put it down.” -- Aoife Clifford, author of All These Perfect Strangers and Second Sight

“Desire, desperation, and despair collide in Jake Hinkson's bleakly imagined and perfectly rendered vision of small-town Arkansas. Religion, respectability, hope for the future—virtue is the flip side of vice and Hinkson drives that truth sharply home. ” -- S. J. Rozan, bestselling author of Ghost Hero --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jake Hinkson received his master's degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and went on to receive the French Prix Mystère de la Critique in 2016 as well as the Grand Prix des Littératures Policières in 2018. He currently teaches creative writing in Chicago, Illinois.

Charles Constant has been a storyteller from a young age―just ask the grammar-school teachers who had the misfortune to try to collect homework from him. His professional storytelling career began at the age of thirteen, when became an Actor's Equity Association apprentice, and his training later continued in Chicago and London. A resident of Los Angeles, he appears on stage across the country, narrates audiobooks, and occasionally performs on television and in film.

Pete Cross earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been narrating audiobooks since 2015. He received an Audie nomination for 2016's A Time to Die. In 2017, he garnered both an Earphones Award and a Parent's Choice Award for his narration of Openly Straight. An Ohio native, he spent eight years in Los Angeles where he coached actors, was lucky enough to work with French director Quentin Dupieux, and despised the traffic.

Cassandra Campbell has recorded over one hundred audiobooks and directed many more. She has received eight AudioFile Earphone Awards, as well as being nominated for and Audie Award. As an actress and director, she has worked off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, as well as doing voice work on numerous commercials and films.

Devon Sorvari is a graduate of NYU's Circle in the Square and The Classical Studio and has nationwide theatre credits ranging from musicals to Shakespeare. An Earphones Award winner and an Audie Award nominated voice actor, she has narrated more than fifty audiobooks. Specializing in young-adult fiction, she was raised on the East Coast but is based in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • File Size: 1232 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1643132237
  • Publisher: Pegasus Crime (October 1, 2019)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2019
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07P97LLXD
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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