by Charles Frazier


There’s nothing very original about this story of a killer on the loose and looking for revenge in a small town in the North Carolina woods,  it’s Charles Frazier’s genius with words that lifts it above the ordinary. The story is so slight it could quite easily have been told in three hundred words – it takes Frazier 272 pages and still leaves you hungry for more. The language is incandescent, there’s not a single paragraph that needs more telling, or less, each sentence seems tightly and beautifully wrought, each paragraph perfectly polished. An ostensibly simple story of love and revenge, told on a multitude of levels. In my opinion, this is as close to perfection as storytelling gets.