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What You Have Left (Turner #1-3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Over the past five years, James Sallis has created three of the most acclaimed mysteries published in America, each of them featuring the complex John Turner--former cop, therapist, and an ex-con, trying to escape his past, yet ever involved in the small community somewhere near Memphis where he has sought refuge. "The Turner Trilogy"--concise, elegiac, memorable--collects ...more
ebook, 608 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Walker Books Ltd (first published December 23rd 2008)
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Oct 07, 2010 Kathrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-fiction
I think James Sallis wrote the kind of book he wanted to read. He loves crime noir, even writing a critically acclaimed biography of Chester Himes, and this passion for atmosphere has translated to his own writing. He's also published several volumes of poetry, and edited jazz publications, and the rhythm of language, of an orchestrated melancholy, play through all of this trilogy.
I chose to read the entire trilogy, and it seems to me that these books must be read this way, as you can't appreci
Pep Bonet
Nov 16, 2013 Pep Bonet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir
I like James Sallis. Let's put it this way. It is curious that he is not better known. I came to him indirectly, as I came to Flaco Jiménez in music. By association. You watch a film you like and get interested in the book on which it's based, then you read a novel by the author, in this case it was the sombre The killer is dying and you end up buying a compilation of three books, the Turner trilogy. In the Turner books, even more than in the Killer who was dying, the story is probably the least ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Electric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read-in-2011
Elegant and reduced prose lets you feel the melancholy of a dying south. Yes, these are crime novels but only in the sense that crime occurs, that people are confronted with violence and loss, that they have to deal with the impact in their lives. A grand meditation on friendship, aging, sadness and the beauty of sitting on the front porch and listening to life itsself as it unfolds in all its brutal and cruel beauty. Highly recommemded!
Andrew Neal
Oct 13, 2012 Andrew Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read these three books (Cypress Grove, Cripple Creek, Salt River) individually, but I flew through them all at once and would have a hard time separating them out for individual reviews.

The main character is an ex-cop, ex-con, ex-therapist who has tried to retire from the world and is dragged back into it. The stories are more meditations on the beauty, horror, and fragility of life and love than they are mysteries. They're set in a tiny, dying town which would probably remind me more
Mar 05, 2012 Miket01 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

Generally speaking not as good as Sallis' Lew Griffin novels. It seems to fall between the almost aggressively literary styling of those books and a more traditional detective series. Unfortunately, that leaves the Turner books as not doing either very well. It might be more accurate to say that the first book in the trilogy works fine as a detective novel, the second one never seems to gel into a plot of any sort, and the third one is OK, but somewhat disappointing in that it doesn't payoff muc
Apr 16, 2011 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although, this book was very good, it was kind of dry to me. It took me a little bit longer to read because I found myself easily distracted to other books I was reading at the time. I still would read more by this author though.
Well written but not enough devoted to the level of character development I wanted, especially for investing in a trilogy. Also not enough mystery which is more of what type of book I was expecting.
Martin Cerjan
Aug 09, 2011 Martin Cerjan rated it liked it
Memphis area, literary, ponderous. A bit noirish, but mostly because the main character considers very existential questions. Of course, I loved the references to old-time music and banjos.
Sep 01, 2013 Rosa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have enjoyed them more if they were not constantly going from past to present, so much that they left me confused. I did not enjoy reading these at all
Irmak Ertuna-howison
maybe i don't have the acquired taste for this philosopher-detective protagonist and the existential problems that guise as crimes he needs to solve.
Grandma Weaver
Aug 02, 2011 Grandma Weaver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed these books but i had a hard time keeping track of the characters. i think i'm going to reread the first one.
Dec 10, 2010 Whitaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
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James Sallis (born 21 December 1944 in Helena, Arkansas) is an American crime writer, poet and musician, best known for his series of novels featuring the character Lew Griffin and set in New Orleans, and for his 2005 novel Drive, which was adapted into a 2011 film of the same name.
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Other Books in the Series

Turner (3 books)
  • Cypress Grove (Turner, #1)
  • Cripple Creek (Turner, #2)
  • Salt River (Turner, #3)

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