- Paperback: 446 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1532904657
- ISBN-13: 978-1532904653
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,952,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Monte Dutton lives in Clinton, South Carolina, where he was born in 1958, and graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in political science/history in 1980. He spent twenty seasons writing about NASCAR and won writer-of-the-year awards from the Eastern Motorsports Press Association in 2003 and the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. Dutton’s first novel, The Audacity of Dope, and second, The Intangibles, were published by Neverland Publishing LLC, of Miami, Fla. Crazy of Natural Causes was first published in July 2015 by Kindle Publishing through its KindleScout program. The second KindleScout winner, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, was released in March 2016. A collection of short stories, Longer Songs, is now available. Dutton has written several books about auto racing, among them biographies of drivers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. He also wrote True to the Roots: Americana Music Revealed.
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Set in the bleeding heart of Americana, Monte draws his readers in with an unflinching portrayal of small town life. Not always pretty, but always genuine and authentic, the textures and smells of a blue jeans life waft from the pages like a rogue uncle that smells of cigarette smoke and stale coffee.
The main characters, Denny and Hal are opposite sides of the same coin. As the up and downsides of Denny's good nature come to bear, and we see a photo negative in Hal. The book left me a strong sense of what it might feel like to live in Latimohr.
What I liked most is how sure each man is that their path is right and just. Denny knows he's no saint, but his lies aren't just for constituents. All men believe they are the heroes of their own narratives I suppose. Some of the racial tensions felt forced to me, but to be honest the fault might lie with my own lack of experience in race relations.
Overall I very much enjoyed the book and found the ending satisfied my own desire for justice and redemption. Recommended for anyone looking for a story of dichotomy, dirty politics and home cooking.
Since I would like to give the book more than five stars, I didn't count off for typos. Ocassionally they stopped my reading dead, like when 'here' should be 'her'. I found some repetitioness but it was almost necessary to keep track of all the characters and their exploits.
Most recent customer reviews
Needed to be more clear and having so much going on at once.