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SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS.

Browne, Howard.

ISBN 10: 0312055099 / ISBN 13: 9780312055097
Published by NY: ST. MARTIN'S. 1991, 1991
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by Howard Browne on title page. Near fine in fine dust jacket. (Top edge foxed. Sliver of sunning along upper edge of boards with a trace on spine as well. ). Bookseller Inventory # 16602

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Title: SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS.

Publisher: NY: ST. MARTIN'S. 1991

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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In Depression-era Texas, the Dawson family loses their farm and possessions to the bank and takes to the road, where they discover a bullet ridden corpse and a truckload of whisky and find themselves in business once again

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During the depths of the Depression, the Dawson famiy is forced to sell their Texas farm and nearly all of their possessions. En route to Corpus Christi and the refuge of relatives, the Dawsons--Ambrose; his wife, Ruby; and his mother, Emily--happen upon a bullet-riddled truck carrying a dead driver and a load of bootleg Highland scotch. The illicit cargo seems to provide the key to the Dawson's financial security until they encounter Lee Vance, a con man with his own designs on the liquor. With the promise of a big cash payoff, Vance convinces the Dawsons to sell the whiskey to his mob connections in Kansas City, Mo. The ensuing journey through stifling heat and wicked dust storms, revival meetings and occasional shootouts is hair-raising. The well-paced story benefits greatly from Browne's cinematic use of cutting between characters in alternating scenes within a parallel time frame. Though not deeply insightful, the characterizations are clearly and colorfully drawn with appropriate, homespun dialogue. Browne ( Pork City ) successfully evokes a hot and gritty Prohibition-era Texas where Pretty Boy Floyd and his gang run from the law and two tankfuls of gasoline cost five dollars. Ironically, the Dawsons' plight has unfortunately once again become timely reading.
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