They Don't Dance Much by James Ross
A Novel

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In this classic country noir, featuring a new introduction by Daniel Woodrell, a small town farmer takes a job at a roadhouse, where unbridled greed leads to a brutal murder
Jack McDonald is barely a farmer. Boll weevils have devoured his cotton crop, his chickens have stopped laying eggs, and everything he owns is mortgaged—even his cow. He has no money, no prospects, and nothing to do but hang around filling stations, wondering where his next drink will come from. As far as hooch goes, there’s no place like Smut Milligan’s, where Breath of Spring moonshine sells for a dollar a pint. A bootlegger with an entrepreneurial spirit, Milligan has plans to open a roadhouse, and he asks Jack to run the till. The music will be hot, the liquor cheap, and the clientele rough. But the only thing stronger than Milligan’s hooch is his greed, and Jack is slowly drawn into the middle of Smut’s dalliances with a married woman, the machinations of corrupt town officials—and a savage act of murder.

About James Ross

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James Ross’s only novel was written late in 1939 and published in 1940. He is at present editorial writer for the Greens­boro Daily News, Greensboro, North Carolina. In a statement written for this edition, he notes that the roadhouses have long since disappeared, but “human greed and the evils it generates haven’t.” His aim in writing the novel, he states, “mere­ly was to show it the way it was.”
Published April 16, 2013 by Road. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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