Cripple Creek: A Novel (John Turner Series)

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A year or so has passed since the events of Cypress Grove. Ex-policeman, ex-con, former therapist Turner has become deputy sheriff in the small town within driving distance of Memphis, Tennessee, to which he had migrated in hopes of escaping his past and finding a measure of peace. His life is mending as he and Val Bjorn grow closer. And then a young man, arrested on a routine traffic stop with more than $200,000 in his trunk, is forcibly sprung from jail after Sheriff Don Lee is brutally assaulted. Throwing caution aside, Turner goes in pursuit to Memphis, unleashing ghosts he thought he had left behind, and endangering all that matters to him now.--From publisher description.Struggling to come to terms with his past, Turner, a burnt-out Memphis cop turned rural deputy sheriff, goes on the rampage when the local sheriff is seriously wounded during a jail break, following the perpetrators' trail back to Memphis, where he findshimself taking on the mob and confronting his own past.

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James Sallis is the author of more than two dozen volumes of fiction, poetry, translation, essays, and criticism, including the Lew Griffin cycle and Drive. His biography of the great crime writer Chester Himes is an acknowledged classic. Sallis lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Karyn, and an enormous white cat.

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“The burned-out Memphis cop named Turner who sought refuge from his demons as a rural sheriff's deputy in James Sallis's Cyprus Grove is still a long way from being socialized in Cripple Creek. But he's now admitting visitors to his cabin in the woods, and when a mobster blows in from the city to spring a confederate from the local jail, Turner is mad enough to take his grievance straight back to Memphis. "Figure they can do whatever they want out here on the edge, I'm thinking, "he says, in the spare but eloquent idiom that pegs him--along with this superior series--as a keeper.” ―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“A darkly moving mystery that is unlike anything else being written today.” ―Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune

“It's a crime that a writer this good isn't better known.” ―David Montgomery, Chicago Sun Times

“Sallis' lyricism and power trump everything else, including a shock at the end of the book. This is one you absolutely don't want to miss.” ―Les Roberts, Cleveland Plain Dealer *

“Beautifully written...Sallis's working method is to simply let the cameras roll, depicting the lives of Turner, his banjo-picking girlfriend, his eccentric co-workers and Cripple Creek itself. A structural sleight of hand toward the end...is pretty amazing once the reader catches on.” ―Associated Press

“James Sallis weaves another rich tale, with plenty of that fine embroidery that makes his stories such pure reading pleasure. The book is full of asides, observations and reminiscences that celebrate humanity.” ―Charlotte Observer

“A sequel to Sallis' Cypress Grove, it's equally brilliant and poignant.” ―Adam Woog, Seattle Times

“Grade: A...Sallis is an excellent writer who plays the English language like a well-tuned country fiddle.” ―Patti Thorn, Rocky Mountain News

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