Tom De Haven
October 30, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Night People

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Barry Gifford
publisher
Grove Press
genre
Fiction

We gave it a D

In one of these four ragtag novellas, a sleazy Deep South preacher tells his parishioners, ”You go to them cops ‘n’ robbers movies, or watch them silly TV shows, or read comic books…And it’s fun because why? Because you know it’s not real.” Barry Gifford’s Night People can be fun for the same reason. But unlike his successful Wild at Heart, these tales of death by misadventure are too goofy to be taken seriously. D

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