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Publisher's Summary

Robert Jackson Bennett makes a stunning debut with this deliciously dark tale sure to hold readers in its menacing thrall. The grinding poverty brought on by the Great Depression is nowhere more apparent than in the untold thousands looking for work along America’s railroad system. But one man haunting the rail camps has been moved by an entirely different brand of desperation: revenge. And Marcus Connelly won’t stop until hee avenges his daughter’s brutal murder at the hands of a monster known as Mr. Shivers.
©2010 Robert Bennett (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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"Sprinkled with hobo folklore, Bennett's supernatural dust storm of a debut offers a killer premise and may remind readers of vintage Stephen King." (
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jason G. Cons on 08-09-10

From the Cormac McCarthy Playbook

The plot of this book is clever and fascinating, but much of the novel seems to be a transposition of Blood Meridian into the depression era. There are good (even great) moments throughout, but the style gets somewhat tiresome by the end. That coupled with a conclusion that is telegraphed from the beginning of the novel made my interest flag as I went along. Still, it's an interesting story set against a vivid backdrop.

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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 05-28-10

The Grapes of Wrath Cross the Rivery Styx

This starts out slow, a group of men and women coming together in Depression era America, riding the rails and traveling against the flow of life into the West. All of them have lost something vital to their existence...all of them seek vengeance.

As the story progresses, the tableau shifts from what almost seems to be an extension of Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" into a long, slow twist that leads the protagonist, Connely, through myth and legend, pain and redemption toward a very strange, if slightly foreshadowed end.

The narration is good, the characters voices distinct and believable, the pacing and style well-suited to the narration.

A very strong first novel by author Robert Jackson Bennett, and a well-produced and exemplary audio production.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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