Jon Sealy The Whiskey Baron

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The Whiskey Baron

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Late one night at the end of a scorching summer, a phone call rouses Sheriff Furman Chambers out of bed. Two men have been shot dead on Highway 9 in front of the Hillside Inn, a one-time boardinghouse that is now just a front for Larthan Tull’s liquor business. When Sheriff Chambers arrives to investigate, witnesses say a man named Mary Jane Hopewell walked into the tavern, dragged two of Tull’s runners into the street, and laid them out with a shotgun. Sheriff Chambers’s investigation leads him into the Bell village, where Mary Jane’s family lives a quiet, hardscrabble life of working in the cotton mill. While the weary sheriff digs into the mystery and confronts the county’s underground liquor operation, the whiskey baron himself is looking for vengeance. Mary Jane has gotten in the way of his business, and you don’t do that to Larthan Tull and get away with it.

Hailed as a “grand new talent” (Bret Lott) and a “significant new voice in Southern fiction” (Ron Rash), Jon Sealy has written a haunting debut novel. With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, The Whiskey Baron is a gripping drama about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law.

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Jon Sealy's fiction has appeared in The Sun, The Normal School, and PANK, among other places. A native of upstate South Carolina, he currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. This is his first novel.

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"The Whiskey Baron is a novel that offers the pleasures of both mystery novel and literary fiction. Jon Sealy never condescends to his characters-they subvert easy stereotypes and are all the more compelling because of their complexity. This impressive debut establishes Jon Sealy as a significant new voice in Southern fiction." ----Ron Rash, author of Serena and The Cove
"Jon Sealy's The Whiskey Baron is a remarkable first novel. I couldn't put it down-I mean that-and found in its pages a voice sharp and true, a rendering of its time and place that has haunted me to this day, and especially a phenomenal sense of tension and pace that kept me on the edge of my seat. This book transcends the notion of its being a Southern novel. It's an American novel, and Mr. Sealy a grand new talent we'll hear much from, I am certain." ----Bret Lott, author of Jewel and Dead Low Tide
"The Whiskey Baron is a simmering powerhouse of a novel. Like the corn liquor that drives it,The Whiskey Baron will burn you all the way down to your gut. This is a book whose characters will stay with you: a young boy who struggles to make sense of the world around him; an old sheriff who feels himself slipping into uselessness; a despotic bootlegger who fears no one; and a young star-crossed couple caught right in the middle. Jon Sealy has created a novel steeped in place and era that invites you to sit down and take a nice, long slug of it. You'll be glad you did." -- --Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home

"An assured work of literary suspense... Sealy's finely drawn characters and evocative sense of place and time make this a memorable read, on par with the best of Daniel Woodrell and Ron Rash." --Library Journal

"(An) atmospheric and top-of-the-line debut novel... Sealy's impressive country noir, which follows in the tradition of such leading practitioners as Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock, serves notice of a promising new voice." --Publishers Weekly

"An assured work of literary suspense... Sealy's finely drawn characters and evocative sense of place and time make this a memorable read, on par with the best of Daniel Woodrell and Ron Rash." --Library Journal

"(An) atmospheric and top-of-the-line debut novel... Sealy's impressive country noir, which follows in the tradition of such leading practitioners as Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock, serves notice of a promising new voice." --Publishers Weekly

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