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3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This provocative, and sure to be novella, takes the reader on a field trip inside the mind of a Mississippi Delta good-old-boy deputy sheriff who is as vicious and racist as the worst 1950-60s stereotypes.
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published June 3rd 2005 by NewSouth (first published March 1st 2005)
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Raymond Rockwell
This is fascinating in its perversity,as a
redneck deputy pursues a missing person in hopes of having an opportunity to shoot him!
Missing person or fugitive or traveler through a chronosynclastic infundibulum...
the pursued is a psychotic poet. The psycho-
pathic policeman
obsessed with the chase (Junior Ray)is no slouch at
figurative language either,opulent in obscenity.
Nov 17, 2009 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
An entertaining and often hilarious novel about a sheriff's deputy in the Mississippi Delta who decides he needs to kill Leland Shaw, a WWII veteran who just escaped a mental institution. The novel is written in the first person and very much in the dialect of Junior Ray, who is racist, sexist and ignorant. This makes it sometimes difficult to read, despite its shortness. Sometimes, however, Junior Ray inadvertently provides keen insight into the human condition. The book, like its narrator, is ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Jeanne rated it it was ok
Not for the squeamish or politically correct, this shocking novella takes us to the Mississippi Delta during the fifties. Sheriff Junior Ray Loveblood has a story to tell--the story of how he pursued the escaped mental patient (and poet), Leland Shaw. Junior's antics, as well as his blatant racism and penchant for profanity, make for a very colorful tale.

Pritchard's grasp of the dialect is amazing--you can her Junior Ray speak. In fact, this would probably be great if read aloud. On the other ha
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Nov 10, 2014 Richard J. Alley rated it liked it
A word about my ratings. I don't adhere so well to the star rating system. If I like a book a lot, it gets three stars. If I dislike it, one. Don't read so much into what it all might mean, it's very simple, if I like a book and think you should read it, it gets three stars. Five stars are not for mortals. Five stars are reserved for bananafish, Gatsbys, potato barns, Havishams and lords of the apes.

Many times I will expound on a book or books at my blog, Urf! ( Come
I'm just not loving it. Maybe because I've known too many people like this in real life to be shocked by it or find it humorous in any way.
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Born in 1938, John Pritchard grew up in the Mississippi Delta, a place so peculiar that it may have forced him to write. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where he has taught college English, written jingles, and worked in advertising and PR. In the 1960s, Pritchard worked as a copyboy and then as a news clerk for the New York Times. In the 1970s, he wrote lyrics on Music Row in Nashville, where his ...more
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