Cripple Creek by James Sallis
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As this tale opens, Turner, ex-cop, ex-con, and ex-psychotherapist, remains on the lam in rural Cypress Grove, Tennessee, escaping the demons of past lives in Memphis, but he is starting to mend. There's a developing relationship with Val Bjorn, teacher and country musician; there's the appearance of his daughter from Seattle; and there's the fact that he has come out of hibernation to accept the job as deputy sheriff of Cypress Grove. Then his boss, the kindly sheriff, is assaulted by a gang of mobbed-up toughs in the act of breaking one of their own out of the small-town jail. Turner pursues the thugs to Memphis, confronting his past and giving vent to his suppressed blood lust. Every action prompts a reaction, however, and soon the thugs return to Cypress Grove looking for some blood of their own. Sallis tells the violent tale quietly, effectively using jump cuts, flashbacks, and flashforwards to generate both suspense and, simultaneously, a sense of inevitability.

About James Sallis

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James Sallis has published fourteen novels, multiple collections of short stories, poems and essays, the definitive biography of Chester Himes, three books of musicology, and a translation of Raymond Queneau's novel Saint Glinglin. The film of Drive won Best Director award at Cannes; the six Lew Griffin books are in development. Jim plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and Dobro both solo and with the band Three-Legged Dog.
Published May 26, 2009 by Walker Books. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Turner has run to one of those small towns that time forgot (Cypress Groves, 2003), but trouble finds him, since, as Turner himself likes to say, “No one is exempt.” When Sheriff Don Lee and Deputy Turner check out the trunk of a spaced-out speeder, they find a stolen $200,000.

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In Sallis's beautifully written second book to feature Turner, an ex-cop and ex-con (after 2004's Cypress Grove ), Turner is working as a deputy sheriff in Cripple Creek, Tenn., a small town where crime is minor and strictly local.

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This sequel to the 2004 novel CYPRESS GROVE opens on John Turner's life after his fall from grace as a Memphis policeman.

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Entertainment Weekly

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.

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