Cripple Creek | EW.com

Books

Cripple CreekIn Cripple Creek, this unfocused sequel to James Sallis' acclaimed 2004 novel Cypress Grove, trouble returns to the loamy Southern...Cripple CreekFictionIn Cripple Creek, this unfocused sequel to James Sallis' acclaimed 2004 novel Cypress Grove, trouble returns to the loamy Southern...2006-03-29Walker & Company
Cripple Creek
B-

Cripple Creek

Genre: Fiction; Author: James Sallis; Publisher: Walker & Company

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.

More from Our Partners