The Devil's Right Hand

Acid Row

By Minette Walters

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Acid Row. The name beleaguered inhabitants give their crime-riddled, decaying housing project. It's a no-man's land of single mothers and fatherless children, where angry, alienated youths control the streets. (from summary)
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Give Us a Kiss

By Daniel Woodrell

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Escaping from trendy California in his estranged wife's Volvo, Doyle reconnects with his roughneck heritage: gun-crazy grandpa and older brother, big-breasted gals, marijuana farms, and a 50-year-old blood feud with the infamous Dolly clan. (from Library Journal review)
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Salvage the Bones

By Jesmyn Ward

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Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups. (summary)
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The Drift

By John Ridley

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Leaving his privileged world behind, Charles Harmon becomes...a train tramp fleeing his creeping dementia. Now, Charlie's been asked a desperate favor: find the 17-year-old niece of the man who taught him how to survive the rails, the girl lost somewhere on the High Line along the tracks of the Pacific Northwest. (summary)
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Knockemstiff

By Donald Ray Pollock

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...Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents. Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are woebegone, baffled and depraved--but irresistibly, undeniably real. (from summary)
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The Last Kind Words

By Tom Piccirilli

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Terry Rand, cut free from his family after his older brother, Collie, went on a senseless killing spree, returns home to piece together the day his brother turned rabid, delving into a blood history that reveals the Rand family tree is rotten to the roots, and the secrets his ancestors buried are now coming furious and vengeful to the surface. (summary)
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Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

By Charlie Huston

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With his teaching career derailed by tragedy, Web hasn't done much for the last year except some heavy slacking. But when his only friend in the world lets him know that his freeloading days are over, and he tires of taking cash from his spaced-out mom and refuses to take any more from his embittered father, Web joins Clean Team-and soon finds himself sponging a Malibu suicide's brains from a bathroom mirror, and flirting with the man's bereaved and beautiful daughter. Then things get weird. (from summary)
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Ranchero

By Rick Gavin

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Repo man Nick Reid had a seemingly simple job to do: talk to Percy Dwayne Dubois...about the payments he's behind on for a flat screen TV, or repossess it. But Percy Dwayne wouldn't give in. Nope, instead he saw fit to go all white-trash philosophical and decided that since the world was stacked against him anyway, he might as well fight it. He hit Nick over the head with a fireplace shovel, tied him up with a length of lamp cord, and stole the mint-condition calypso coral-colored 1969 Ranchero that Nick had borrowed from his landlady. (from summary)
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I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

By Steve Earle

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Wracked by guilt and addiction ten years after administering a fatal morphine overdose to Hank Williams, Doc Ebersole performs illegal medical services in the red-light district of San Antonio before meeting a young Mexican immigrant who seems to heal others with her touch. (from summary)
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Wettest County in the World

By Mat Bondurant

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The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. Forrest, the eldest brother, is fierce, mythically indestructible, and the consummate businessman; Howard, the middle brother, is an ox of a man besieged by the horrors he witnessed in the Great War; and Jack, the youngest, has a taste for luxury and a dream to get out of Franklin. (from summary)
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