FICTION

Lightwood

Polis. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781943818303. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781943818525. F
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Post's (A Tree Born Crooked) rural Florida is a place where one would not want to break down when passing through. Silas is a violent town with little apparent law enforcement and plenty of smoky, grimy bars patronized by motorcycle gang members and the criminal clan that controls the community. Money and meth are at stake here, where even the local preacher manages her followers through malevolent manipulation. Despite his determination to go straight, Judah, a son in the brutal Cannon family, falls straight from prison into his family's latest scheme. By the time the conflagration among them is over, the Scorpion motorcycle gang, Sister Tulah, and the Cannons have left death, blood, and misery in their wake. None of the characters is particularly sympathetic, but Post reveals the inner doubts of enough of them to inspire interest in their stories.
VERDICT A good choice for fans of grit lit that emphasizes blood ties and redneck justice; this will also attract readers who prefer their suspense very dark and filled with violence.

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