In Cripple Creek, this unfocused sequel to James Sallis’ acclaimed 2004 novel Cypress Grove, trouble returns to the loamy Southern town where ex-con Turner works as a sheriff’s deputy. It arrives in the person of Judd Kurtz, a Mustang-driving stranger with Jack Daniels on his breath, a trunk full of cash, and some trigger-happy friends. But Sallis doesn’t follow up on this classic suspense set-up with the kind of tight little thriller he delivered in last year’s Drive. Instead, this slender, mannered novel wanders from the pleasures of slow-cooked rabbit stew to Turner’s rocky family history to his girlfriend’s plans to hit the road as a banjo-player. Sallis’ terse, elegant prose style can’t carry this aimless narrative.
Cripple CreekIn Cripple Creek, this unfocused sequel to James Sallis' acclaimed 2004 novel Cypress Grove, trouble returns to the loamy Southern...Cripple CreekFictionJames SallisIn Cripple Creek, this unfocused sequel to James Sallis' acclaimed 2004 novel Cypress Grove, trouble returns to the loamy Southern...2006-03-29Walker & Company
Genre: Fiction; Author: James Sallis; Publisher: Walker & Company
Posted March 29 2006 — 12:00 AM EST
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