As Salt River begins, two years have passed since Turners amour, Val Bjorn, was shot as they sat together on the porch of his cabin. Sometimes you just have to see how much music you can make with what you have left, Val had told him, a mantra for picking up the pieces around her death, not sure how much he or the town has left. Then the sheriffs long-lost son comes plowing down Main Street into City Hall in what appears to be a stolen car. And waiting at Turners cabin is his good friend, Eldon Brown, Vals banjo on the back of his motorcycle so that it looks as though he has two heads. They think I killed someone, he says. Turner asks: Did you? And Eldon responds: I dont know. Haunted by his own ghosts, Turner nonetheless goes in search of a truth hes not sure he can live with.
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"Sallis is never about plot, but always about good writing. This little gem is a case in point. " - Kirkus Reviews.
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James Sallis is the acclaimed author of more than two dozen volumes of fiction, poetry, translation, essays, and criticism, including the Lew Griffin series, Drive (made into the movie of the same name), Cypress Grove, Cripple Creek, and Salt River. His biography of the great crime writer Chester Himes is an acknowledged classic. Sallis lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Karyn, and an enormous white cat.
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