Alberta Clipper by John Salter

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John Salter tells us that he didn’t even know he was writing a mystery when "Big Ranch" won a spot in Best American Mystery Stories, 2001. That may be, but he’s written not only some compelling mysteries for this collection, but compelling characters, situations, and plots. Alberta Clipper’s grit echoes work by writers such as Cormac McCarthy and William Gay, and by moving the collection’s locale into the Great Plains, Salter has added the chill of winter to reify that tone and theme. But just as William Gay tosses a sardonic humor into the mix, so does Salter, to leave us shaking our heads at the ridiculous tragedy presented in, say, three characters so twisted in their own worldviews that they can’t decipher and obvious plea for help ("Three Drum Theories"). These are biting stories, though, and the humor alleviates, but never masks that single fact.
 

About John Salter

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John Salter's short stories have appeared in the Florida Review, Massachusetts Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Nebraska Review, and Best American Mystery Stories 2001. He is the author of the story collection Alberta Clipper, which was a finalist for the 2003 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. He lives in Moorhead, Minnesota.
 
Published December 5, 2011 by Livingston Press. 151 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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An ex-con who accidentally kills his sister's creditor, lonely truckers and a down-on-his luck rural college professor whose classes are cancelled due to weak enrollment are some of the despera

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An ex-con who accidentally kills his sister's creditor, lonely truckers and a down-on-his luck rural college professor whose classes are cancelled due to ""weak enrollment"" are some of the desperate characters populating John Salter's debut story collection, Alberta Clipper.

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